It is important to observe various safety rules when in the garden. This protects you, your plants and your loved ones. Failure to observe safety can lead to serious problems. You should therefore make gardening safety a priority. Below are useful tips to ensure safe gardening.
1. Tools and Equipment
Tools should be used for the intended purpose. For example, do not use scissors where pruners should be used. Also, handle tools and equipment with care. Misuse of tools can cause breakages and injuries.
In addition, follow the instructions of the manufacturer when using or maintaining a given tool. Moreover, always disconnect power tools when you are not using them. Similarly, tools and equipment must be safely kept when they are not in use.
2. Chemicals and Soil Amendments
You will use chemicals and soil amendments from time to time in your garden. Follow instructions when using any chemicals such as pesticides and other plant medical products.
Moreover, dispose the containers safely and store any remaining chemicals away from children and pets. For soil amendments, we recommend sawdust, bark, pearlite or peat moss to vermiculite.
Also, as we shall mention below, do not handle chemicals with your bare hands. Also, after handling chemicals, fertilizer or soil amendments, wash your hands well to avoid contamination.
3. Wear Correct Outfits
Always put on the right outfits when working in the garden. Handling tools or chemicals without appropriate gloves can lead to injuries and contamination.
Gloves also protect your hands against thorny objects, insect bites, and any other contaminants in the soil or plants. You should also wear the right clothes and shoes when in your garden. It is also important to have a nice gardening hat. The clothes should be made from breathable and easy to wash fabric.
Additionally, avoid tight clothes when gardening since these restrict your flexibility and mobility. Moreover, to protect yourself against harmful sunshine, use sunscreen or plan to be out there in the garden when it is not sweltering sunny.
4. Children Safety
Gardening is even more fascinating when you involve your children. But extra measures must be in place to protect them against harm in the garden. This should begin with proper storage of all tools, equipment, chemicals, fertilizer, bulbs, and seeds.
This ensures the safety of your children. Depending on the age of your children, access to the garden must also be controlled. If you have an outdoor garden, consider fencing it.
Furthermore, when you are using power tools, children must be away from the working area. The kids must also learn very early what they can and cannot do while in the garden.
Simply instill a sense of self discipline in them and you will enjoy more productive time together in the garden.
5. Your physical well-being
While gardening promotes physical health, some habits can have the opposite effect. Doing the same task for more than necessary can lead to strain injuries while carrying overweight loads can cause muscle strain, blisters and back injuries.
Similarly, the wrong working posture can cause so much stress on your arms, legs, shoulders and back. You should also drink enough water to avoid dehydration.
Stay safe in the garden by observing these guidelines. This will reduce injuries to yourself or your loved ones. Also, when injuries keep the gardener from the garden, a lot can go wrong. Therefore, let’s make safety a top priority.