Yard Work Calories Survey

… according to a new study by Draper Tools  based on how many minutes per year each task takes and how many calories burned

• Dead heading plants – 497 minutes and 3,047 calories

• Pruning – 562 minutes and 3,466 calories

• Watering the garden – 680 minutes and 3,852 calories

• Planting seeds or plants – 476 minutes and 2,659 calories

• Mowing the lawn – 707 minutes and 4,199 calories

• Spraying insecticide – 189 and 1,125 calories

• Adding mulch to flower beds – 261 minutes and 1,583 calories

• Turning over soil – 319 minutes and 3,147 calories

• Digging – 385 minutes and 3,799 calories

• Heavy lifting such as carrying stones, wood, bags of compost, bags of soil etc. – 307 minutes and 3,029 calories