With one of the biggest DIY weekends of the year on the way and the weather (finally) starting to cheer up, it’s time to start thinking about the big garden tidy up you’ve been contemplating for the past couple of months.
Before we move into full blown summer why not dust off your gardening gloves for National Gardening Week? Roll up your sleeves and get your outside space looking beautiful, so when the sun eventually decides to stick around, you can put your feet up and enjoy it.
That said, there are some jobs that might be a little more demanding and in turn a little more dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here’s our National Gardening Week tips to help you stay safe outside.
Don’t Leave It in the Gutter
Your gutters are the main thing that will really need a bit of TLC after the winter. Anyone who knows British winters will know the impact they can have on your gutters. But what you might not know how important it is to keep these gutters clean. Your guttering provides drainage which in turn protects the windows, doors, siding and even foundations of your home from water damage caused by rain and storms – and can also help prevent flooding in any basements.
The single most important thing to remember when cleaning out your gutters is making sure that you have a sturdy ladder to use. When using a ladder you should always have someone to hold it for you but particularly if you are using an extension ladder.
To protect your hands, make sure you wear thick work gloves – gutters will often have sharp metal parts or screws sticking out. It can also be a good idea to wear safety glasses or goggles. Having a bucket ready to collect debris and a dropcloth to protect the areas underneath the gutter can also be a real help.
Get the BBQ out
Sunshine and a nice garden space are the perfect combination for a barbeque; there’s something about cooking outside that we all love, but if you’re not careful you can really hurt yourself.
There are the obvious safety tips about not getting to close to an open flame and not using fuels like petrol, but did you know that even if the weather turns sour you shouldn’t ever take your barbeque to cook inside? If you do you are at higher risk of being exposed to carbon monoxide which is potentially fatal. If you’re unsure about the risks of carbon monoxide have a read through the dangers here.
You can read our top BBQ and camping safety tips here.
Keep it on the Level
Your garden is meant to be a haven, so prevent injury from trips, slips and falls, by providing safety rails or barriers where there are changes in garden levels. If you have steps through our outdoor space just make sure all the paths are level, stable and free from moss.