A Guide for Safe Gardening
Gardens are excellent places to unwind, but you must take protective measures while tending to the plants in your home garden. In order to avoid injuries and accidents it is necessary that you keep in mind a few tips.
Preparing for a gardening task
When you are working with garden tools, ensure that you are having protective eye and ear guards. Wear shoes with rubber soles and toe coverings. Sturdy shoes and garden gloves and are recommended for a better grip on tools and equipment.
Make sure you are standing on firm ground when you are working. If you are using a ladder, place it on a level, steady surface and secure it to a firm object. Check the ladder for damages such as broken rungs. While working up a ladder, don’t outstretch; repositioning the ladder is a safer choice.
Handling garden equipment
Read the tool manual thoroughly before you use the equipment. Examine the tools for any damages such as loose belts, frayed cables, missing guards, excessive grease and accumulated leaves. Don’t try to repair the damages yourself. Return the equipment of tool to the manufacturer if it’s new or have it repaired by an expert.
Ensure that the tools are meant for outdoor usage. If you are using a chain saw or a hedge trimmer don’t trim higher that the shoulder length, more so if you are on a ladder or tree branch. Use a tool such as strimmer only at a safe distance from people and pets.
Use electric tools only in dry conditions. When you plug in the equipment, ensure that the associated electric switch is off. Don’t leave power tools scattered around where someone could trip on them. Even an unplugged lawn mower could cause injuries because of its sharp blades.
For lawnmowers driven by petrol, make sure the petrol is stored in a safe container and away from ignition sources. Your hands must be a safe distance away from the land mower’s blades. Take extra care when you reverse the lawn mower. Under no circumstance must your hand go beneath the running land mower.
In case of electric mowers and power tools, fit the equipment with a device that automatically cuts current supply in case of an accident. Don’t use a lawnmower when children are present in the vicinity. Never allow a child to operate a lawn mower or garden tractor, even if supervised.
Some plants are poisonous when eaten and some others cause skin irritations. Protect children from chewing on brightly coloured leaves, petals and berries. Though the symptoms are most often only mild, on rare occasions it could cause severe poisoning.
Make yourself familiar with the plants in your home garden and identify varieties that might be harmful for your child. If you aren’t able to identify a plant, take a sample of it to the nearest garden centre and get it identified. You would do well to permanently remove highly poisonous plants such as oleander, foxgloves, deadly nightshade, mistletoe and rhubarb.
David is a specialist belonging to the Addington Associates in Northampton. Addington’s of Northampton is a company that provides high-level landscape construction and designing services for clients in Northampton. Click here to visit their website.