Healthy gardening Ergonomic tools help reduce injury Ergonomic features to look for in your gardening tools include:

• Long handled tools with “S” shaped handles allow you to generate more leverage by applying a smaller amount of force and effort at a greater distance. This reduces the likelihood of back muscle strain and the need to twist.
• Wide, padded handles increase surface contact and allow for a better grasp.
• Pliable, cushioned, non-slip handles are more comfortable for prolonged use.
• Lightweight yet sturdy design allows effort to be put into gardening and not lifting and using the tools.
• Spring action mechanisms and gears provide a more efficient, smooth action.
• Rotating handles reduce friction, as the handles move with your hand.