The Golden Rule of Home Pruning:
Keep Both Feet on the Ground!
There are too many injuries and deaths every year as a result of home gardeners climbing ladders or even up into the tree itself to prune out dead, broken or unwanted branches. Remember that that are long-handled pruning tools (shears, saws, etc.) that reach branches well up into the tree. If the branch is higher than your shoulder, always add a safety helmet to your get-up. And whenever you prune, always wear gloves and safety glasses: even a speck of sawdust in the eye can cause irreparable damage. Finally, if you simply can’t reach a branch with your two feet on the ground, it’s time to hire an arborist.
Laidback gardeners may be a bit lazy, but we’re not crazy!
…and always wear safety glasses when mowing. I worked in a clinic for 10 years, and I saw 3 men loose the vision in one eye because of rocks thrown out by lawnmowers. So don’t worry about looking dorky…worry about just plain looking with both peepers.
That’s a great tip: I’ll try to work it in sometime, with other tips on lawnmower safety.