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The bank holiday weekend is nearly upon us and it is the time of year when hopefully we can be out and about. Often our attention turns to gardening. This time of year is a busy one in the garden with seed to sow, beds to be dug and of course the dreaded weeding and with all that work the last thing you want is an injury to stop you gardening.

 

This Blog has not one but two lots of advice for the gardeners amongst you. Firstly, how to avoid gardening injuries and secondly, garden design advice from top local garden designer Sara of Bluestone Garden design. So hopefully by the end of the weekend you will have a fantastically well designed garden, that is completely weed free and without injuring yourself!

 

So lets start with the garden design advice.

Five Garden Design Mistakes & Tips to Avoid Them
sarabluestonesgardendesignBy Sara Southey, Bluestones Garden Design

Garden Design, for me, is about creating an outside space which is as unique and individual as you are and that unifies the creative potential of your dream garden with the practicalities of day to day life.
I thought I’d share a few of the mistakes I see regularly when people design their own gardens, in the hopes that if you decide to do it yourself you can avoid these pit falls!

1. Garden Design is about plants
Top Tip: Garden Design is about shapes first then plants!

2. Guessing the size and shape of your outside space
Top Tip: Take the time to accurately measure up your garden, including all permanent fixtures, trees and levels.

3. Plonking a garden feature in
Top Top:  Think about how your essential feature can be sympathetically incorporated in to your overall design.  Or build the whole design around the feature. No plonking!

4. Not thinking practically
Top Tip: Make a shortlist of essentials and a shortlist of dreams and then brainstorm with someone for solutions that can incorporate one with the other.

5. Not thinking about the surroundings
Top Tip: Finding common ground with your surroundings will help blend in new and unique ideas and styles without jarring the eye or upsetting the neighbours.

Sara can be contacted on
Mobile Tel: 07860 454514, Office Tel: 01235 834868
or
Email: sara@bluestonesgardendesign.co.uk

Now we have some ideas of how to design a fantastic garden here is my advice on how to garden injury free.

How to Avoid Injuries When Gardening

Tip 1

Be careful when you are digging the garden. With all the rain we have had the soil may be very heavy to turn. Do a little at a time.
Tip 2
If you have pots that you are starting to move outside be careful how you move them. They can be heavier than you think. Bend your knees and not your back and get some help if you need to.
Gardening Man With Injury

Gardening Man Injured

Tip 3
Pruning trees or shrubs? I see a lot of elbow related injuries as a result of pruning. Make sure you take regular breaks and if you have a lot to do spread it over several days.

Tip 4
If you are going to spend a day in the garden then alternate light tasks with heavier ones and take breaks throughout the day. This should stop you from overdoing it.
Tip 5
Warm up before you start gardening. Walk around the garden and gently swing your arms and slowly do some side bends. If you prepare your body for the gardening you want to do it will be less of a shock to it when you start the hard work. Listen to your body if it is achy or anything hurts stop and take a break.Finally, if you have any aches and pains that have been bothering you, book an appointment so that you can have them treated.

Hopefully you will find this information useful. If you have any queries or problems that you think may need treatment then you can book an appointment online, or contact me on 01635 791301 or via email rosie@totalchiro.co.uk.

Have a wonderful bank holiday

 

Rosie Piercy

Chiropractor

Total Chiropractic

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