Pesticides, Herbicides, & Chemicals

As Spring approaches, many gardeners will be handling & applying a variety of chemical compounds to their gardens.  Many of those pesticides and other chemicals can be hazardous to health.  Some are immediately poisonous, while others may have long-term effects or be carcinogens.

For safety’s sake, always read  directions carefully, and wear appropriate protective gear.  That may include a breathing mask or respirator, eye protection, gloves, and perhaps protective clothing.

Remember the old saying about poisonous chemicals:

“If you smell it, you just inhaled it!”

And another one:

“If a chemical reaches your nose, it is all over your clothes!”

Change clothes after applying chemicals, and wash those clothes separately from other garments.