Ease Into Spring

It’s officially the start of spring on 20th March according to the astronomical calendar.

The Spring, or March equinox as it’s also known, marks the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator, that is the imaginary line in the sky above the earth’s equator from north to south, and it’s when day and night are almost exactly the same length at 12 hours each.

It’s also the time of year that many people start to think about doing some gardening. So ease into spring with these top tips from Squire’s Garden Centres:

  1. Warm up before gardening – You should warm-up before any exercise. In a recent survey of over 1,600 people by Squire’s, 81% said that they never think to stretch or warm-up before gardening. But a simple 5-10 minute warm up and stretch will help avoid any aches and pains afterwards. You could even use gardening tools to help with your warm-up as some Squire’s employees do!
  1. Keep fit for free – Gardening is a great way to stay fit and healthy. You achieve a low impact workout, full of movement and stretching but without the strain on the joints of pounding the streets or the treadmill. Plus best of all it’s free!
  1. Can you dig it? Yes you can! – New research from the Royal Horticultural Society and Coventry University reveals that a bad digging technique can “as much as double the load on the joints in the body, leaving people susceptible to chronic injuries”. For a safer technique, dig with a regular repetitive motion, rather than fast and erratic movements, and get your posture right by standing with your back straight and bend from the knees. This will minimise any strain on your back, shoulders and joints.
  1. Plant what you love and love what you plant – As with many things in life, the better the preparation the greater the likelihood of success. So prepare your soil well before planting, and make sure that you dig a hole larger than the root ball of the plant.
  1. Spring forward – by the end of the month the clocks will have bounced forward so we can enjoy longer, lighter evenings, perfect for an ad hoc potter in the garden.

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It’s important to stretch and warm-up before gardening

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Bend and stretch – Squire’s encourage people to warm up before gardening

L-R: Tom Harris, Mark Felton, Tim Bell & Maggie Philpot