Doing some light yard work can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get sunshine and exercise, especially during this time when people are staying at home. Raking leaves, pruning small, low-level branches, or picking up sticks can help people stay in shape and improve their mood.

Cardiovascular exercise is a significant benefit of light yard work. Oxygen flow to the heart is increased, blood pressure is lowered, and stress is reduced, making for an easy, low-impact workout. Remember to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated while working in the yard, especially during the summer.

WebMD notes that raking and bagging leaves burns 350-450 calories per hour, which is roughly the amount of calories in three scoops of regular vanilla ice cream. According to the article, “Raking and bagging leaves is particularly good because you also do a lot of bending, twisting, lifting, and carrying — all things that can build strength and engage a lot of muscle fibers. You just have to be careful to do these things properly, bending at the knees, and not straining your back.”

Another benefit of light yard work is getting a dose of natural Vitamin D. Vitamin D boosts the immune system, regulates mood, relieves depression, and promotes healthy bones and teeth, among other health benefits.

While working in the yard can help people improve their health, it is essential to be safe in order to avoid injury or property damage. Be careful of lifting objects or debris that may cause back pain or muscle strain. While homeowners can undertake small jobs like ground-level pruning, raking leaves, or removing twigs and lightweight branches, larger projects, including stump removal, tree removal, and tree pruning, require the expertise and experience of licensed and insured tree service contractors.

For tree service in Terry, MS, homeowners can trust the licensed and insured professionals at Barone’s Tree Pros. The family-owned and operated company provides tree removal, tree trimming, pruning, stump grinding, and debris cleanup to the central Mississippi area, including Jackson, Flowood, Brandon, Pearl, Madison, Richland, Ridgeland, Clinton, Raymond, Reservoir, Gluckstadt, Florence, Terry, Pelahatchie, and other surrounding areas of Hinds County, Madison County, and Rankin County.

From cleaning up storm damage to nursing a diseased tree back to health to removing a dead tree, Barone’s Tree Pros has the skills, tools, and equipment to safely and efficiently complete any tree care job.

Barone’s Tree Pros, a team of skilled arborists and tree surgeons, has over thirty years of experience delivering professional tree service in central Mississippi. The tree specialists assess the overall health of trees and provide assistance for every step of the tree care journey, including emergencies.


To learn more about tree care in Terry, MS, visit the Barone’s Tree Pros website at or call 1 (601) 345-8090.

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