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 more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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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