It was so easy, at one time, to move the hose around, or pick up the debris as I gardened.... Well, things have changed. But, I have learned if I use a grabber to pick up or move items around on the ground, or to reach across a raised bed, I am actually saving myself some pain. I now keep one handy in both the front and back yard, in the car and around the house. I can actually reach things on the ground but find my nerve pain flairs up and for five to six days I am unable to get outside to even turn the water on. If you need one, I find the ones from the janitorial companies to be much stronger and can pick up more weight. Oh, an you don't scratch up your hands or arms with prickly things. It took me a long time to decide to use things like grabbers... I felt that I was giving into my limitations and making them worse. The truth is, getting on top of the pain allows your body to heal itself much better. Tools that allow us to complete tasks, especially when your life becomes limited with the tool, is not a sign of weakness, its a life saver. This is also why I purchased a "ditch digging" shovel. The narrow 5 in wide straight hard blade quickly gets down through soil. Its one of my favorite tools but not for raised beds.