Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

The Golden Rule of Home Pruning:

Keep Both Feet on the Ground!

septembre 30There 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!


Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

2 comments on “Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

  1. …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.

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