Save Time and Prevent Injury When Doing Yard Work

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 22, 2014

(StatePoint) While caring for your lawn can be pleasant, it needn’t take all day. Luckily, time saving tools can also save your body some wear and tear:

• Water plants with a heavy-duty sprayer. Since gardeners are prone to knee injuries from repetitive pressure placed upon the area, a sprayer you can use standing up is a better choice.

• More than 38,000 Americans sustained raking-related injuries in 2012, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. For a more efficient collection of leaves, pine needles and grass clippings, consider using a high-performance lawn sweeper.

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• Save your back and some time by avoiding wheelbarrows and over-the-shoulder hauling. Instead, move tools, soil, mulch and yard clippings quickly and with ease with a cargo carrier or utility cart.

• Shave off hours off yard work while also avoiding the repetitive arm, elbow, wrist and hand movements that cause injury with a dethatcher that gently combs dead grass and roots to the surface where they can be swept up.

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This season, make more of your days outdoors by spending less time doing chores and more time relaxing.