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Take care of plants, take care of yourself
During hot temperatures like those we’ve endured this week, we are all about the safety of our plants: shade, water, protection. But gardeners need to care for themselves as well.
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Shopping for sunscreen: What you need to know
- Garden before 10 a.m. and after 2 p.m. to avoid the most intense sun.
- Stretch your muscles before heading outside to the garden where you will bend, crouch, step, reach and lift.
- Hydrate by drinking plain water.The importance of hydration
- Wear a hat that shades your scalp, ears, neck and face.
- Use insect repellent to reduce bites from mosquitoes and ticks. Mosquito Diseases, Tickborne Diseases
If you have patches of dead grass in your lawn from last year’s drought, early June is a great time to focus on getting your lawn thicker and healthier.
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