Color & Control:

Tips For Safe And Savvy Gardening

By Lydia London

Enjoy the sunshine and use your green thumb this spring with these handy gardening tips.

  1. It’s better to work in your garden earlier in the morning (or in the early evening) to avoid exposure to too much sun and heat.
  1. Try to change your tasks in the garden every 30 minutes or so, to make sure larger muscles are being utilized and to ensure smaller muscles are not over-stretched.
  1. If possible: wear sunscreen, gloves, a hat and sturdy shoes to protect yourself from harmful UV rays and any scratches or bumps from prickly plants.
  1. Plant raised beds to allow you to tend to your plants and flowers without prolonged bending.
  1. Coffee grounds can be used to make the soil more acidic for plants that thrive in acid-rich soil. These include the plant types Azaleas and Rhododendrons.
  1. Use the leftover water from boiled vegetables (after it has cooled down) to water potted plants.
  1. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated while working outside.
  1. A handy tip to get rid of aphids is to wrap a sticky piece of tape around your hand, then dab the leaves to remove the pesky insects.

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