When you learn the art of gardening, there are few safety considerations
that you need to address. No matter what type of gardening project you
are undertaking, be it a bloom of flowers, a bounty of vegetables or an
entire backyard landscape, you will encounter many common safety
One of the most common risks in gardening is exposing yourself to
pollen, and activating pollen allergies. Most people suffer from some
type of allergy, and when pollen is in the air and plants and flowers
are blooming, it can be hard to spend any length of time gardening. If
you know for a fact that you have pollen allergies, you need to
consider them when you start gardening. People with particularly severe
pollen allergies should probably avoid gardening all together.
Another allergy, although not as common, is an allergy to bee stings.
Many people are so allergic to bee stings that they require medication
to relieve the swelling and allergic reaction. If you are gardening
during the late summer and early autumn, bees are especially prevalent
outdoors. If you are gardening during this time, and are allergic to
bees, limit your gardening time and take necessary precautions.
Sunburn is a very common risk while gardening. To protect yourself from
sun damage, wear lightweight long sleeved shirts and long pants, if
weather permits. Wearing long sleeved clothes will also prevent
mosquito bites. Make sure to apply sunscreen on all areas that will be
exposed during your gardening time. Don’t forget to cover the back of
your neck and ears.
To avoid the heat when you are gardening, try to get most of your tasks
done in the early morning. Keep in mind that the hottest part of the day
is between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, so plan your gardening activity
accordingly. Although it may not seem like it, gardening is a terrific
form of exercise. Knowing this, you should always include a bottle of
water nearby while you are gardening.