Whether you do landscaping projects on your property for pleasure or just because someone’s got to do them, you will always encounter potential safety hazards. Use caution and prepare correctly for each job to ensure you stay safe every time.
Add lights around your house to deter burglars, prevent falls, and add beauty to your landscaping. Not all lights require an electrician. For example, solar pathway lights can be put to work as soon as they come out of the box.
Gardening safely in the heat of summer requires knowing how to identify the symptoms of oncoming heat-related illnesses and the necessary steps to prevent them. Get familiar with good practices for caring for your body so you can keep gardening all summer long.
The Atlantic storm season comes every year, each time with the potential for destruction. Getting your home and landscape ready this spring is the best way to prepare your family and property. Read here for tips about preparing for this year’s storms and planning for the years to come.
Four of Florida’s tick species can transmit diseases to humans. The most serious tick-borne diseases are Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. When working outside, watch for ticks, wear protective clothes, avoid tick-infested areas, and seek medical help if bitten.
Working outside in Florida, gardeners and landscapers must be watchful for venomous spiders. Florida has two species of dangerous spiders: the widow and the recluse. The Southern Black Widow and the Brown Recluse are the most common, and their bites, while not usually fatal, cause extreme pain.
Florida gardeners and landscapers working outside must be vigilant when it comes to snakes. Know Florida’s dangerous snakes, including our most venomous, the Eastern Coral Snake. It sometimes hides near houses. Its bright stripes are arranged in a red-yellow-black order: “red on yellow can kill a fellow.”
Landscapers caring for commercial properties must consider safety as well as beauty. Regular landscape audits will identify potential hazards such as low-hanging tree branches, sprinkler heads that don’t retract, and fountain grasses that overhang sidewalks. Eliminate obstacles to create safer spaces.
Bugs, animals, equipment, and conditions can all pose a hazard to the person working outside. Whether you are a homeowner or professional landscaper, make safety precautions a priority. These include wearing proper clothing, adhering to safe machine-use protocols, and taking extra time and care in compromised conditions.