It may be necessary to make your
garden spot and flower beds smaller and easier to manage.
Alternate your tasks and
incorporate frequent rest periods to avoid fatigue.
Monitor your local news for pollen
and pollution levels and avoid working outside on days when the
levels are dangerous.
Use your imagination and create
raised beds, window boxes and containers that help you access them
for easier upkeep.
Container gardens on a deck or
porch can be very lovely and rewarding as well.
There are many easy-to-use garden
implements on the market similar in size to those for a child with
extended handles. They are easier to manage and expend less
Use a small wagon or other similar
item for carrying around your o2 and garden tools.
A small stool or bench is handy
while working in the yard and eliminates difficult bending and
Use a good mulch or similar
material in flower beds to help keep the weeds down.
Use a mask when mowing, spreading
mulch or any fertilizers, dusts or sprays to eliminate inhaling
more damaging materials into your lungs.
Try to plant perennials as much as
possible. They come up year after year and require less work.
Check with your local nursery for
those plants and flowers that do not require wind to spread
pollen, but use insects instead.
If you have a larger yard, a
ride-on mower is almost a necessity. If you are still able to mow,
the newer self-propelled models are a great help even if you are
If you are unable to do your own
lawn mowing, look for a reliable lawn service and check out
prices. Perhaps you have a friend or neighbor that has a teenager
looking to make some extra money during the summer.
Consider planting a nice ivy or
ground cover to cover areas in your yard. They can be lovely and
eliminate a lot of care.
Watch prolonged exposure to the
sun. Check warning labels on your medications and use appropriate
sun block. Many of our common medications require care while out
in the sun.
Winter work is also a problem for
many. Shoveling snow is a very energy-consuming task. If you must
clear your own snow, wear a scarf or mask to protect yourself from
inhaling the cold air. Use a smaller shovel or lift only smaller
portions at a time. Take frequent rest breaks. If you are on
oxygen, use it while attempting snow removal as well.
Shoveling snow is also a task that
many prefer to hire out, whenever possible. Again, perhaps a
friend, neighbor or teen in the neighborhood may be willing to
help you out.
Plan winter trips out later in the
day after the sun has melted the ice and snow from your car.
Plan ahead, keep it small, best of