Enjoyment and well-earned aching muscles are part of a garden. The occasional blister pays testament to a job well done, or the fact that you haven’t done a lot of the “hard stuff” for a while. But at the end of the day it’s all worth the effort.
This is of course until your ambition outstrips your capabilities, like taking a quick trip up the ladder to sort out an aggravating palm or bush. Or thinking you feel comfortable with a pruning saw and leaning just that little too far out.
Garden crashes and smashes happen more that we think. Some are solved with a rub and a cuppa. Others are near misses or, worse still, disasters.
They do say that “ladders and mostly men over 60 don’t mix”. A gung-ho attitude and an ambitious ladder climb can be the end of you.
Think about the tradies who work in gardens and need a ticket or a certificate to operate different pieces of equipment.
But the home gardener can buy a chainsaw and take to a tree that might just damage property or kill someone. It’s all done without any knowledge of how a chainsaw is one of the most dangerous pieces of garden equipment.
Trips, garden falls and garden crashes are common, but you don’t want to be one of those statistics that often put an end to any further garden adventures.
Simple garden safety can take the form of knowing how to lift with your knees, use longhandled shovels or consider some ladies-size tools for the best ergonomic results of a job well done.
Keeping chemicals in a safe place and knowing how long to keep them is essential. It is like emptying the bathroom pill cupboard every now and then and getting rid of the chemicals that are past their use-by date. Mixing garden chemicals is a bit like the compatibility of the pills you take. Some simply don’t mix. In the ignorance of adding this to that you may be making a diabolical cocktail that does something other than what you intended.
Apart from anything else, the effects on our health are becoming better understood. It’s been known for chemicals to be absorbed through the skin of the forehead, hands, feet and genitals. A bottle that leaks is a problem. Maybe even the fumes in a confined space can be harmful.
Don’t feel too comfortable with the new generation of chemicals, either. They too have their issues even though they are presented as being more user friendly.
Just take care of yourself. Get someone in who does it professionally and you can sit back and enjoy the results.