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Getting ready

Collecting your equipment and tools together before you start gardening will make life easier and prevent you making lots of trips back to the house or shed.

Ready to garden
Here are a few tips to help you get ready and a few examples of helpful products that might be useful.

  • Think about the job you’re going to do and plan what will make it easier for you. It might be as simple as making sure you have a kneeler with you to save your knees, or a stool or seat to work from to take rests.
  • Get all the tools you’ll need together to save trips back and forth to the shed or garage. Try and keep your storage area tidy and you’ll be able to find your tools more easily.
  • Find the best way for you to carry your tools.  You could use a garden cart, wheelbarrow, tool carrier, bucket, or a tray or basket attachment if you use a wheelchair. A garden cart with an aluminium frame allows you to carry long tools and hand tools with smaller items in its tray. It also holds a refuse sack.
  • Hand tools can be carried in a tool belt, apron or bag – whatever you find easy.  Secateurs can be safely carried in a holster. 

You can look at equipment and tools for getting ready to garden in two ways. 

The full list of products is shown below, or you can use the Equipment and tool finder to look at products which might be useful if you: are gardening after a stroke or with heart disease; garden sitting down or from a wheelchair; have sight loss; have with a weak grip; use one hand; can't bend easily.

Equipment and tool finder
To search for equipment and tools, select the gardening job you want to do. Then select the disability which best describes your needs. If you would like to see a full list of products for each gardening job, simply choose 'All equipment and tools'.
Tool finder help

Kneeler stool

Kneeler stool

The convenient height, wide footprint, padded mat and large grab handles make this stool very useful for sitting on or kneeling.

Find out more about kneeler stool

Compost tidy

Compost tidy

Useful for keeping compost contained when sowing seeds, potting on or planting up containers.

Find out more about compost tidy

lightweight gardening gloves

Lightweight gardening gloves

Thin and light to wear these gloves are tough and will protect your hands but leave you with the dexterity to weed, sow seeds, pot on or plant out.

Find out more about lightweight gardening gloves

Flexible rubber bucket

Flexible rubber bucket

The tough rubber like material that these buckets are made of is flexible and soft, which makes them easy to carry and versatile in use.

Find out more about flexible rubber bucket

Sturdy barrow

This is a large but sturdy wheelbarrow with a bar style handle and two wheels to give extra stability.

Find out more about sturdy barrow

Tool scraper

Tool scraper

A one piece plastic scraper that is well designed to clean a variety of tools and will even clean up your mower blades.

Find out more about tool scraper

Diamond sharpener

Diamond sharpener

A hand-held sharpener for secateurs, loppers and knives.

Find out more about diamond sharpener