Dahlia Season: Plant, Support, Irrigate & Groom forum: Knee Pads

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SteveM
Jul 3, 2020 11:32 AM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
Years of kneeling in the field (planting, weeding, praying, etc.) eventually takes a toll. I have tried the knee pads available at the big box stores, some pretty pricey (made for carpenters or carpet layers). Most use Velcro as the fastener and loose their grip and become worthless after a short time of use/exposure to soil. Or they move off the knee and require constant adjustment. I now use an old couch cushion which I drag along with me in a row. This works OK but I am sure someone here has a better solution?...
Imagesylviap
Jul 3, 2020 11:40 AM CST
Name: Sylvia
West Sacramento, CA Zone 9b
I hope someone has a good idea. About 2 years ago I gave up on kneeling and now drag a small rubber mat (cut from a yoga mat found at the local Goodwill) and sit on my rear. It's a hassle to scoot down the rows but my knees quit.
ImageCosey
Jul 3, 2020 11:53 AM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
I buy 2 pairs each season. Wouldn't garden without my knee pads and I'm only 39 😜
ImageIslander
Jul 3, 2020 12:20 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
Vertex, rocking garden stool...light weight, lets you reach farther then a kneeling pad would and MUCH easier to get up from!

!https://www.gardenersedge.com/vertex-garden-rocker-original-comfort-seat/p/GB1200-GN/.

Also available from many other sources. adjustable for height. And yes, I have fallen off when trying to reach too far but I usually end up laughing at myself. Its not a far drop to the earth, though it is a bit embarassing Blinking

I pick these up and carry them around with one hand, but I also have 3 stationed at different points in the garden. Its a great place to contemplate a new flower from. If you have sprinklers or expect rain set them upside down over night and the seat will be dry in the morning. They also sell a pad for the seat. I don't use it.

These are worth every penny of the cost and I still have the first one i got years and years ago so I guess you could say very durable. (And I am no lightweight).
Imageteddahlia
Jul 3, 2020 12:21 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
I have tried the athletic knee pads (which sport???) that are pull on and fit pretty tight. They are OK but do slide down and need to be pulled up often. It is best to crawl around in the dahlias after it has rained and the soil is soft. No knee pads needed. I am 73 and in the beginning of the "dahlia crawl on your knees season" it is very hard on the knees and the back and getting up is easier said than done. Once I get into shape, it becomes 50% easier but never gets easy. My wife Margaret has "10 second knees " and cannot crawl at all and complains vociferously if I ask her to do something that requires getting down onto the ground on her knees. She is not contemplating knee replacements as she has found out that I can still get down on my knees. Problem solved.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
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SteveM
Jul 3, 2020 1:15 PM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
Islander wrote:Vertex, rocking garden stool...light weight, lets you reach farther then a kneeling pad would and MUCH easier to get up from!


Thanks Noni, what an interesting solution! That will go on my "buy for me" Christmas list. Smiling

SteveM
Jul 3, 2020 1:21 PM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
teddahlia wrote: "10 second knees " .


Ha! That would make a great knee tattoo. You only have a few years on me, can you still get off the ground without using a shovel to pull yourself up?
Imageteddahlia
Jul 3, 2020 3:09 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
"can you still get off the ground without using a shovel to pull yourself up?"
I use my trowel to gain a couple of inches.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
SteveM
Jul 3, 2020 3:43 PM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
teddahlia wrote:"can you still get off the ground without using a shovel to pull yourself up?"
I use my trowel to gain a couple of inches.


Good for you, you still have the "short shovel knees"! Most days I have "short shovel knees" but occasionally I have "tall shovel knees". On those days I try to make sure no one is watching as I crawl up and down the rows looking for my tall shovel. Smiling
Imagesylviap
Jul 3, 2020 3:58 PM CST
Name: Sylvia
West Sacramento, CA Zone 9b
I like the 10 second knee! Don't know what I did to mine, but resting on them is intolerable. The doctor at the time said unless knee pain was constant (in all situations), replacement shouldn't be considered. His stats on replacement: 1/3 will improve; 1/3 will be the same, 1/3 will be worse off.
ImageIslander
Jul 3, 2020 8:19 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
Wow, Sylvia...Time to find a better knee Dr! I went through the specialist at U of W hospital and he did a wonderful job. I got the latest technique at the time..12 years ago, And by a few days after coming home from surgery I was out planting the roses that had arrived while I was gone. Its wasn't easy, but I did it, not having any help! I asked my surgeon about kneeling on my new knees while gardening and he said "MY PATIENTS can kneel if they want to! ( I tried it but didn't like it) and developed my own way of working. Anyhow, 12 years later and I have never regretted getting replacements. I think the success rate is way higher then your Dr said. I can only think of one person I know who regretted it and they had not done their exercises or PT so what would they expect!...
Imageblown_dry
Jul 3, 2020 9:54 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
I started having trouble getting up from giving my cat a pill every morning in the last six months. I started doing lunges every night in the bathroom while I do mouthwash and it has helped. I was wobbly at first, but now I can do them with my fists up around my face in guard position like when we did lunges in Jujitsu. Sorry for the mental image! But I'm sure this only puts off the inevitable.
Imageteddahlia
Jul 3, 2020 10:18 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Getting a knee replacement is a big decision and there are more dangers than just having a bad outcome with mobility. My neighbor got an infection that would not heal for over 6 months and was in the hospital getting IVs of antibiotics. However, if you really need it, you will have to weigh the risks of being crippled without it. Hip replacements seem to be less dangerous and I would not hesitate o have one if it was recommended(not very like right now as I have no issues with my hips or knees for that matter). . I know of two different people who delayed getting a hip replacement and both died in great pain. One of them, an attorney, indirectly died from the hip problem( he believe it or not could not afford health insurance) as he was taking prescription opiates for the pain and when he got into a fender bender, injured his back. The next day he took only one extra pain pill but it was too much and he died. He was dangerously close to the overdose level but did not know it.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
Imagesylviap
Jul 3, 2020 10:42 PM CST
Name: Sylvia
West Sacramento, CA Zone 9b
My knees are fine for walking and all other things. I just cannot kneel on them. I go to water aerobics at the Y and they are quite limber and I can walk fine; I just cannot kneel, nor can I crouch. So weeding from a bending over/stooping stance is also hard with my weight rocking over my knees.
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ImageIslander
Jul 4, 2020 9:04 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
We are doing the hip replacement scene here very soon ...just put off my husband's replacement until after today so that I can go to a masked and socially distanced family picnic today.

After this, we will be full speed ahead on the hip replacement. Mr Islander has been working on my "To do" list so we can get through the recovery time. He almost has the gate for the garden done to keep the deer out of my roses and he has to put up the rebar to tie the twine to for dahlia supports...then he can have a peaceful recovery time.
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addicted
Jul 16, 2020 6:00 AM CST
Name: Em
NY
I have one of those 'stools' that can be flipped upside down and has a foam rubber kneeling pad on the bottom of the 'seat'. I need the handles (legs) to get up off my knees, but the pad is comfortable and it is fairly easy to get up. I've had mine over 5 years and couldn't garden without it!

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00JK5KH36/undefined
Em
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