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Yard Work Tips for the Summer

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For some people, yard work is therapeutic. It's a great way to be outdoors, get in some physical activity and reduce stress. It's also a good way to reduce allergens in your yard and make for a more comfortable outdoor experience for everyone in your household. Follow this guide to maintaining a backyard that people can look forward to hanging out in all summer.

Use the right tools and equipment when performing yard work.Use the right tools and equipment when performing yard work.

Gear Up
Before you start tackling all of the lawn items that need maintenance, you should dress appropriately. Since it's the middle of summer, you're bound to get sweaty. Dress in light clothing that you don't mind getting dirty and keep multiple bottles of water within reach. Staying hydrated is important when performing physical activity - especially outdoors in the heat. 

Aside from proper clothing and hydration, you'll also need protective gear. Wear goggles or sunglasses to reduce the amount of dust, dirt, pollen and other particles that you could come into contact with. A face mask could also come in handy when performing yard work so you're not inhaling all of the pollen and dirt that you're bound to kick up.

Gloves are also important to keep your hands from coming into contact with irritating particles that you could eventually transfer to your face if you're not careful. If you don't think this is an issue, consider the unlucky people who had to learn the hard way that their yard was full of poison ivy. Wearing gloves could have helped them limit the spread of the substance.

It may be best to wait until the sun goes down to start your yard work.It may be best to wait until the sun goes down to start your yard work.

Go Outside at the Right Time
Pollen is at its peak during certain hours of the day, so plan your yard work around nature's schedule. Try to accomplish everything either early in the day or later in the evening when pollen counts are at their lowest. You'll also benefit from the sun not shining down on you the whole time.

Additionally, it might be a good idea to plan yard work on days that the forecast indicates rain. Showers can periodically reduce the pollen, making it ideal to get your work done before it dries out and kicks back up. Don't wait too long, though - standing water is the perfect environment for mold growth. 

Rake Fallen Leaves and Flower Petals
Autumn is when most leaves fall off tress, but this can also happen throughout the summer. With all of the summer rain and humidity, there's bound to be some mold growing on the fallen leaves and flower petals. Be sure to rake them up, scoop them into a bag and throw it away properly. This will reduce the amount of the allergen from being stirred up and inhaled by your family and friends.

Cut Grass Regularly
When you keep your lawn trimmed, there's less grass for pollen to accumulate. Make it a point to cut your grass once every two weeks, or more if you're able to devote more time to it. If your lawn is large, it may be worth investing in a sit-down mower so you don't have to strain your back.

Trim Vines That Grow Along Your House
While vines might add an aesthetic element to your home, they can cause more harm than good. When vines grow from the ground and make their way along the exterior of your home, they trap any moisture from rainfall. This creates an opportunity for mold to grow, which is a big no-no. Trim them before they have a chance to wreak havoc on your household and guests.


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