Fall Yard Clean Up Time Approaches
Seattle's summer has been wonderful. Puget Sound lawns are in their browning, dormant phase, so we're mowing a lot less. But as fall approaches, pine cones, branches, seed pots, and horse chestnuts, need to be removed from the lawn before you mow. Anything left in the lawn becomes dangerous projectiles from under a lawn mower.
Sunglasses; Stand-in for Safety Goggles
During these wonderful sunny days, most of us wear sunglasses to protect against vision loss through macular degeneration and cataracts. Polycarbonate or Trivex sunglass lenses protect you from flying objects speeding from mower blades, too. Think of acorns flying towards your face at fifty miles an hour! Consider a pair of presciption sunglasses for gardening this season.
Patrol The Lawn Before you Mow
It's time to clean up the yard from tree branches, pine cones, and the rest of the Northwest's catalog of ornamental and incidental tree offerings. When children help in the yard, it's especially important to inspect the lawn for possible projectiles before you begin mowing.
Kids Love to Help
Let the kids help clean up before the lawn mower starts. Wait until kids and pets are safely out of the area before starting the mower. I loved helping in the yard when I was in elementary school. Time spent with family completing yard assignments are some of my fondest memories. I wasn't as enthusiastic as a teenager, but I soon returned to gardening as an adult.
Vision Safety while Gardening
Remember to protect your eyes while mowing the lawn, or pruning any branches over your head. That green, sand-like, growth often found on Western Washington leaves and branches is nasty to get into your eyes! Wearing sunglasses while gardening protects against ultra violet exposure, and serves to protect us from abundant Northwest landscape hazards, too.
Take care, and remember, we look forward to seeing you clearly!
VSP Vision Insurance
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Dogwood Tree's seed pod image courtesy of Hansen's Northwest Plant Data Base