Arthritis is such a common condition that it affects around 10 million people here in the UK and causes stiffness, inflammation and pain in the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting around 8 million people, and is most common in people who are over 50 years of age. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to avoid getting the condition so it’s something that may affect anyone in their older years. One of the most frustrating things about having arthritis, apart from the discomfort, is the limitations it can put on your life and things you enjoy doing; for example, gardening.
Gardening can get pretty strenuous for anyone, but if you have arthritis, it can become very difficult, if not impossible to get everything done. However, there are ways to adapt your gardening techniques, and your garden, to ensure you can still enjoy your gardening hobby. Arthritis Research UK has actually created a guide that contains helpful tips on how you can still enjoy gardening whilst living with arthritis.
One of the tips is to replace your natural lawn with artificial grass. Mowing the lawn is one of the most involving, difficult and time-consuming parts of gardening, especially if you have a pretty big garden. Let’s face it, nobody enjoys mowing the lawn, it’s the least liked part of gardening and it’s more of a chore than a hobby. So why not get rid of the necessity to mow the lawn? Artificial grass doesn’t grow so doesn’t need to be cut, trimmed, mowed, watered or anything! By installing artificial grass you can focus on the more enjoyable parts of gardening.
With an artificial grass lawn, you can still have room for natural garden beds and planting areas, which is the best part of gardening. You can tend to flower beds, potted plants and hanging baskets and still have fun with your gardening! Arthritis can hold you back in certain things but with a few little tweaks here and there you can still enjoy the hobbies you’ve always had.