As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, many of us are eager to get outside and spend time in the garden. However, gardening can pose some risks if you're not careful. Injuries such as cuts, strains, and sprains can occur while gardening, but there are steps you can take to prevent them. Here are our top tips for preventing injuries and accidents in the garden: 

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear: Make sure to wear clothing that is comfortable and appropriate for the task at hand. Wear sturdy shoes/boots with good traction to prevent slipping, and gloves to protect your hands from cuts and scratches. 
Use tools correctly: Always use tools as intended and follow safety instructions. Make sure tools are in good condition before using them and keep them clean and well-maintained. 
Stretch before gardening: Gardening can be a physically demanding activity, so it's important to warm up your muscles before you start. Stretching can help prevent strains and other injuries. See some of our recommended stretches to help you warm up and prepare for activity. 
Be mindful of your posture: Maintain good posture while gardening to prevent strains and sprains. Avoid bending or twisting awkwardly and take frequent breaks to rest and stretch. Use kneeling stools to help you get down lower to do the weeding and help support you getting up again. 
Use your legs for lifting: When lifting heavy objects such as bags of soil/compost or potted plants, use your legs rather than your back to prevent strains and other injuries. 
Stay hydrated: It's important to drink plenty of water while gardening, especially on hot days. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and other health problems. 
By following these tips, you can help prevent injuries and accidents while gardening. Remember to take it slow and listen to your body – if you start to feel tired or achy, take a break and rest. Happy gardening! 
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