How to Protect Yourself While Gardening & Pruning

Working in the garden entails risks that you can minimize by observing the following guidelines.

You will need

  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Pruning attire
  • Protection from the sun
  • Insect repellent
  • Tetanus shot
  • Lawn mowing precautions
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Water (optional)

Step 1 Wear safety goggles Wear safety goggles whenever there is a risk of small particles flying through the air — for example, when pruning or using a lawn mower.

Step 2 Wear gloves Wear gloves to protect your hands from skin irritations and cuts.

Step 3 Wear pruning attire Wear pruning gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants when pruning small trees and shrubs. Wear a safety helmet when cutting heavier tree limbs.

Step 4 Avoid too much sun Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Garden early in the morning or late in the afternoon on hot days. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, a long-sleeved shirt and trousers, and a broad-brimmed hat.

Step 5 Use an insect repellent Use an insect repellent containing DEET to ward off mosquitoes and ticks.

Step 6 Have a tetanus vaccination Keep your tetanus shots current. Tetanus lives in the soil and can enter your body through breaks in the skin.

Step 7 Be careful mowing the lawn Take adequate precautions when mowing the lawn. Wear safety boots with steel toes and long trousers made of heavy fabric. Now you can garden and know you’re practicing it safely.