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Make Life Easier: Time to Get Back in the Garden

separator In early spring, time flies in the garden. You can find yourself spending hours out there getting beds ready, clearing leaves, digging and weeding. For people who have arthritis or other physical limitations, hours in the garden can bring on hours of aches and pains. But now, there are garden tools and gadgets that make it easier to spend time in your garden and avoid a lot of the pain.

If constantly gripping garden tools is difficult for you, you might want to look into getting a pair of "bionic" gloves. These have pads that are evenly placed to diminish the risk of blisters and calluses. They also help you improve your grip strength, which reduces fatigue. The material conforms to your hand, and there's extra padding in the palm, which also helps the glove last longer. So called "web zones" help the glove breathe, which makes them more comfortable. The Arthritis Foundation has granted the bionic glove its Ease of Use Commendation. The gloves cost $39.95

For more information about the bionic glove, visit http://www.bionicgloves.com, or call 1-877-524-6642.

If it's hard for you to get around in the garden, you might want to consider investing in a "tractor scoot." You can steer yourself through the garden without getting up. The seat swivels 360 degrees and is adjustable. There's an accessory tray and basket mount that make it easy to carry your tools along with you.

For more information about the tractor scoot, visit http://www.gardeners.com/ and type "tractor scoot" in the search box in the top right corner. Or call 1-888-833-1412

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