GARDEN CLEANUP IS A DIRTY JOB. Protect hands with
disposable and water-resistant gloves, especially when
handling animal droppings. Seal gloves in a plastic bag
and throw away after using.
GIVE STANDING WATER MARCHING ORDERS. Drain water,
which mosquitoes love to lay eggs in, from flower pots and
saucers, garbage cans, fountains and other containers.
OPEN UP. When cleaning your garden shed or garage,
open doors and windows to ventilate. If using chemicals
or if cleaning animal waste, air out for at least 30 minutes
before going in.
MOPPING DROPPINGS. If your garage or shed has animal
droppings, do not vacuum or sweep them. Instead,
wearing gloves and a mask, soak with a solution of one
part bleach and nine parts water, then mop the area.
Seal solids in a plastic bag and put in the garbage.
TAKE OU T THE WOOD PILE(S). Dismantle wood piles with dry
rot or insects using a long-handled rake.
LOOK AHEAD. Before reaching under a deck or porch,
or between fence slats, take a quick peek. You’ll avoid
cuts, scrapes and bites.
CHEMICAL ALERT. Pesticides and fertilizers pack a punch.
It’s important to know how to use them—and how to
clean them up in case of a spill or leak.
COVER UP. Sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, mask,
long-sleeved shirt and full-length pants offer protection
when working around dirt, dust and garden chemicals.
WASH UP. It’s a good practice to wash your hands after being
outside and especially after handling animal waste, soil,
manure or compost—even if you’ve been wearing gloves.
IT’S TOUGHER THAN IT LOOKS. Be kind to your body when
digging, raking and hauling. Take lots of breaks and to
avoid sore muscles, see “Stretch It Out,” on page 38.
— Abby Miller
10 tips for garden safe cleanup
For more garden safety
information and advice,
contact Health Link Alberta
at 1-866-408-LINK (5465)
or visit healthlinkalberta.ca
If your garden is your sanctuary, keep it pastoral with these recommendations
to ready your outdoor retreat for the summer months