Safety Tips for Creating and Maintaining Your Garden Without Having to Worry
by Sarah Ganly
Gardening can be a very meditative project, but it can also be a huge hassle. When gardening there are many things to worry about such as poison ivy, oak, and sumac, insects, and dirt stains, but with some ingenuity and planning your gardening experience can be completely enjoyable and without worries.
Before you go out into your yard and start digging there are some things you should do first. It is important to have a good plan about where your want everything to grow in your garden. The amount of sun, water, and how a plant grows should be taken into consideration when planning your garden. It is helpful to draw a gardening map before starting your garden. This map will help you effectively decide where to place your plants. For instance you do not want to plant something that needs a fence where you have no fence, and you also do not want to plant a full sun plant in the shade. Drawing a map can be fun and informative when making your garden and maintaining it, and you will always know which plants are which!
Now that you have your plants and your plan you are almost ready to go outside and get dirty, but before you grab your shovel there are a few tips you should take into consideration. In order to protect yourself from poison ivy and other rash inducing plants you should spray your self and your clothes with secret deodorant spray. This procedure may seem strange, but it keeps the oils off of your skin. This will help prevent you from developing some very troublesome rashes. Insects are another problem when gardening. Neem oil can be purchased at some garden stores and is helpful in keeping insects away from you, as well as, your plants. It can be mixed with water and sprayed on plants and clothing as a means of insect protection. In order to protect your hands and nails from getting stained with dirt another good idea is to gently scrape your nails over a bar of soap. This method will help keep the dirt out from under your nails, and it makes washing your hands much easier. Preparation when gardening is very important in guaranteeing an enjoyable gardening session.
All of these ideas are very important when gardening and they make any problems that may possibly arise easily solvable. Gardening is a peaceful activity that can be maximized by these precautionary procedures. Now that you have the tools and tips you need to garden with out worry, pick up your shovel and get dirty!