Okay, okay…. I know you’re dying to get out into that backyard of yours and start digging now that the weather has warmed up a little but before we get started you need to be aware of some safety precautions first. Many times, I have been guilty of becoming a little over zealous when it comes to my gardening and I sometimes forget how important it is to protect myself from nature’s elements. Too many times, I’ve run outside without protecting the key areas of my body from burn, infection or bruising winding me up inside for a few days or worse-the doctors office. Since gardening is many of our favorite pastimes, we wouldn’t want to ruin our good time and efforts by hurting ourselves in one of the many ways possible when we forget to plan ahead. If you’re getting ready for a long season of digging in the dirt, take a look at these safety tips that will keep you healthy and happy through the warmer days ahead of you…
The first thing you need to do is find an old pair of sweats or jeans that you can wear which will cover your legs and then grab a hat to protect yourself from the heat of the sun. Next, make sure to wear real gardening gloves and a durable pair of boots that will protect your feet from bites, grime and other unpleasant problems.
If you don’t already have a gardening bag, I highly suggest on picking one up at a gardening store or even HoMe Depot. It’s an excellent way to stay organized by finding your tools when you need them but more importantly, it will keep them easily attainable avoiding mishaps and accidents. Make sure that you place all sharp-sided blades down and be aware of anything that might catch or snare while carrying the bag with you.
I’m sure you already know this but it is imperative that gardeners take their skin safety seriously when spending time outdoors. If you’ve already followed my clothing suggestions, then you have a hat that will protect your head. Be sure to also stop at CVS or Walgreens to purchase your seasonal sun block to cover arms as legs, too!