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Don't Forget Your Eye Protection

By rocklady
August 29, 2014

As you are working in the garden, don’t forget your eye protection.

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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 28, 2014 10:13 PM CST
Eye protection is a good suggestion. Thank you for the safety tip.

There may be times when a bit more protection is needed. I found out the hard way that a hard hat with clear polycarbonate face shield would be good to have when working around Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia). Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Aug 29, 2014 4:05 AM CST
Okay, this idea couldn't have come at a better time. I must add this stupid thing I did just last night. I was cutting back some ratty looking daylilies with scissors for about 1/2 hour when something like a mosquito started coming around my face. It had bugged me for a few minutes and I was getting frustrated. I raised my hand (yep, the one holding the scissors) to shoo it away and hit my eyebrow with the side of the scissors. I gave up and went inside feeling very foolish and also very lucky that I did not hit my eye.

Safety glasses are cheap and easy to find. I love the Uvex Astrospec 3000 safety glasses (under $10) because the frame is made for smaller faces and they do not slide off when bending down. I even keep a pair of them in my husband's toolbox because I get roped into helping him with his projects sometimes. If he's using a power tool, the glasses go on!
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Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Aug 29, 2014 8:29 AM CST
@Greene Yep! Those prickly plants can do a number on you. I once had a large pineapple plant which had to be brought inside during the winter. As I bent down to pick it up, one of the spines hit me between the eyes. Your face shield would have come in handy! Also when I'm digging in AR because of all the rocks, it is possible that one can flip up into your eye, too.

@blue23rose I've been there, too, but not with scissors!
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Sep 2, 2014 12:31 PM CST
Think this is a very good issue to raise, Jean.

For me, the biggest eye danger is the green plasticized metal stakes used to support perennials.
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Sep 2, 2014 5:57 PM CST
@SunnyBorders Those stakes can be lethal.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 2, 2014 7:44 PM CST
I collect small size colorful bottles and place one on each of those lethal stakes. It cheers up the garden and protects people and pets.

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And may I add that as I was typing this my left eye was almost put out by some flying seeds.
Explosive dehiscence of my pink Ruellia seeds. Ouch. Good thing I had my eyeglasses on my face. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Sep 11, 2014 11:29 AM CST
Good idea, Greene. Sometimes I forget about the stakes when they are hiding among leaves. Although my eyes aren't the greatest they're the only ones I have.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Sep 11, 2014 12:51 PM CST
One neighbor uses toys like plastic figurines or small balls to put on each stake. Keeps the kids happy and saves the eyes.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
Sep 11, 2014 6:58 PM CST
@greene Another good idea! Thumbs up
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam

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