Summer is a real tough gardening time under the open blue skies.This may be the first summer you attempt to grow something besides sage and weeds in your backyard or you may have been gardening for years. In any case, there are a few essential precautions and tools that will make your gardening tasks safer and more efficient.

Protection is the first cardinal principle in summer gardening. Always wear a moisturizer before heading outdoors. Even if you are out watering plants for only 15 minutes every day, you need to wear protection.

The dry climate specifically calls for a layer of sunscreen on all exposed skin every day. Wearing a hat with a wide brim also helps.

Gardening gloves are a must. Not only do they protect your hands from the sun but also shield them from insects and prickly plants. Leather gloves are good to protect your hands around plants with thorns or spines.

In case you are watering a lot, or handling chemicals, it is better to wear rubber or plastic gloves. As for shoes, waterproof boots are the best if you have heavy-duty work to do, or if it involves watering.

Gardening clogs, particularly rubber clogs, are an inexpensive option, but they don’t offer as much protection as the boots.

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