Everyone loves a beautiful lawn and flourishing flowerbeds and bushes that decorate your outdoor landscaping. What a great sense of satisfaction you feel when you plant your vegetables and herbs and see the results. But take these precautions when you are doing any outdoor gardening and landscaping work.
Exercise – Before starting do a few stretches to loosen up your body to be prepared for this outdoor activity.
Drink lots of water – Outdoor enthusiasts can often get so caught up in their work that they forget to drink water. This will help prevent dehydration. Drink some before going out and have a bottle in close proximity to you packed with ice that you can sip on.
Sunscreen – Apply this to protect your skin from sun-damaging rays. It’s good to be outside but be sure to lessen the chance of getting skin cancer by using this lotion. A dermatologist could tell you which one would be best for you.
Proper clothing – This would not be the time to wear skimpy clothes. Use garden gloves to protect your hands and enclosed shoes, not sandals. You never know where poison ivy might be hiding.
Cover your head – Wear a wide-brimmed straw hat that will keep you cool.
Sunglasses – Don’t forget to protect your eyes with a pair of sunglasses. It will help reduce the glare from the sun.
Inform – If you plan to be outdoors for a lengthy amount of time let someone know. No need to have someone worrying about you if they can’t get in contact with you.
Cell phone – Have your cell phone with you in case you get a call or you might have to make a call in an emergency situation.
Surroundings – Be aware of your surroundings at all times. This would include dogs or suspicious-looking people who might be up to no good.
Insects and wild creatures – Bee stings could pose a serious threat if you have an allergic reaction to them. Additionally be careful of any animals like skunks which will gladly spray you if they feel threatened.
Overdo – Don’t overexert yourself trying to get everything done at once. Enjoy the fruits of your labor without overdoing it.
Bath – Take a long shower or soothing bath afterwards to relax those hard working muscles. This will lessen possible stiffness in your joints.
Everything in place – Have a designated place where you store all your tools and equipment. This will make it easier to find for your next outdoor adventure. It will also prevent someone from accidentally tripping on items not properly stored away in a safe place.