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!


Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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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