Thriving Gardens, Safe Gardens: Essential Tips for Spring & Summer Gardening

April 8, 2024 | Newcomer Information, Our blog

As the sun begins to shine brighter and the temperatures rise, many of us are eager to get our hands dirty in the garden. Gardening is not only a therapeutic activity but also a wonderful way to connect with nature and cultivate fresh produce. However, for newcomers to gardening or those unfamiliar with the potential hazards, it’s essential to prioritize safety to ensure an enjoyable and injury-free gardening experience.

Here are some crucial tips to keep in mind as you embark on your spring&summer gardening journey:

Choose the Right Tools: Selecting the appropriate gardening tools can significantly reduce the risk of accidents. Opt for tools with ergonomic handles and make sure they are well-maintained and sharp to minimize strain and effort.

Protective Gear: Wear appropriate protective gear, including gloves, sturdy shoes, and long-sleeved clothing, to shield yourself from scratches, cuts, and exposure to harmful substances like pesticides.

Stay Hydrated: Gardening under the hot summer sun can lead to dehydration and heat-related illnesses. Remember to drink plenty of water and take regular breaks in the shade to stay cool and hydrated.

Sun Protection: Apply sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Reapply sunscreen every few hours, especially if you’re sweating or working near water.

Mindful Lifting: When lifting heavy objects such as bags of soil or pots, remember to bend your knees and use your legs, not your back, to lift. Avoid overexertion and ask for assistance if needed to prevent strains and injuries.

Be Aware of Allergens: If you suffer from allergies, be mindful of potential triggers in the garden, such as pollen, mold, or certain plants. Consider wearing a mask and taking allergy medication before heading outdoors.

Safe Handling of Chemicals: If using fertilizers, pesticides, or other chemicals in your garden, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Store chemicals in their original containers, out of reach of children and pets, and wear protective gear when handling them.

Watch Out for Wildlife: Be cautious of wildlife such as bees, wasps, spiders, and snakes that may be present in your garden. Keep an eye out for nests or hives and take appropriate precautions to avoid encounters.

For additional resources and guidance on creating a thriving and safe garden, we recommend visiting the City of Calgary’s Be YardSmart ( Here, you’ll find YardSmart plant lists, garden bed design guides, a YardSmart translation library featuring gardening guides in multiple languages, and helpful how-to videos.

By following these safety tips and utilizing valuable resources like Be YardSmart, you can enjoy a fulfilling and safe gardening experience throughout the spring&summer months. Happy gardening!

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