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Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dec 8, 2014 11:13 PM CST
I realize that we should always take precautions when using the simplest of sprays; but if the equivalent of Haz Mat suits are being worn, we're in more trouble than I though !
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“I was just sittin’ here enjoyin’ the company. Plants got a lot to say, if you take the time to listen”
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Dec 8, 2014 11:19 PM CST
Lots of reasons why an employee may be required to wear that gear.
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Dec 18, 2014 10:47 PM CST
Don't forget, people that take care of plants for a living are spraying - and wearing and breathing - whatever they're using all day on hundreds or acres of plants, not just a few like you and me. Even if most of the sprays used are 'natural' or even 'organic' I wouldn't want to ingest or absorb it all day through my skin. Those lawn care services that come around and spray stuff on people's lawns should probably require their employees to wear protective clothing, glasses and masks, too.

I wear long sleeves and long pants, a hat and safety glasses even to use my little battery-powered leaf blower. Never know what's going to fly up and get on you, in your hair or eyes. Sometimes I wish I'd worn a little filter mask, too. When you blow your nose and what comes out is black . . . ick.

I sprayed my mango tree with a scent deterrent called 'Critter Ridder' to try to discourage the squirrels. It's a combination of stuff like black pepper and cayenne. Nothing toxic, but WoW did my eyes and nose ever burn after spraying the whole tree, and I was careful, too. I was sneezing for an hour afterwards and had to shower and put on fresh clothes to get rid of it off me.

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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
Dec 23, 2014 5:36 PM CST
Simple answer: Don't use chemicals. The average home gardener does not need to use chemicals. Period. How do you think our great grandparents grew good vegs and flowers and fruit? Copper, lime, sulfur. Handpicking bugs. Pulling weeds. Did you know that the average lawn that is maintained with chemicals puts more poison in the soil than an acre of farmland? Farmers know how dangerous (and expensive) chemicals are and use them sparingly. Go organic. buy organic. Insist on organic. I depend on a well for my water; nobody's weedfree turf and perfect roses are worth me getting cancer from their runoff.
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