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Gardening Safety: Quick Tips For A Safe Gardening Experience

As we mentioned in our last blog post, gardening can be a very rewarding hobby for older adults because of the variety of benefits that it provides. Tending to a garden is a leisurely and fun activity, but it's important to keep some things in mind in regards to your safety while gardening:

  • Build raised beds for easy bending and reaching. Raised beds can also be wheelchair accessible.

  • Grow vegetables and flowers in pots on your deck or porch that can easily be kept on a table.

  • Include benches throughout the garden that will provide a comfortable place to rest.

  • Make sure pathways are wide and flat enough for a cane, a walker or wheelchair access.

  • Work with a friend or family member to ensure safety in the event of a fall or other type of emergency.

  • Paint your garden tools a bright color so you can easily see and locate them.

  • Wear lightweight clothing, sunscreen, a hat and eye protection while gardening to protect from the sun and heat.

  • Provide areas that are covered in shade to protect from sunburn.

  • Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

  • Take breaks periodically to make sure you aren't becoming exhausted.

  • Gardening in the early morning or late in the day will help you to avoid the periods of the day when the sun is the strongest.

These tips will help you to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable gardening experience. Gardening provides you with many benefits but it's important to always put your safety first. Have fun, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

1 Comment to Gardening Safety: Quick Tips For A Safe Gardening Experience:

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Tom Hurt on Wednesday, July 08, 2015 4:15 PM
Very well written and informative! :)
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