Trowels, weeders, secateurs and rakes at the ready! But have you remembered your safety equipment?
As we enter the season of gardening and prepare to give the outdoors some real TLC, don’t forget to put safety at the top of the list. As well as your seeds, bulbs and gardening tools, make sure you have the equipment below to ensure you stay entirely safe while pruning your outdoor spaces.
An RCD mains safety adaptor is probably the most important piece of safety equipment that you need when gardening. Simply plug in your electrical items and the device will monitor the power supply and cut off within 40 milliseconds if an earth current fault is detected, preventing you from getting an electric shock. They are suitable for lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, power tools and any other electrical devices.
Keep your hands safe from sharp tools and equipment by investing in a good pair of heavy-duty safety gloves. A pair of sturdy but flexible gloves will mean you can still carry out your normal gardening duties with ease while preventing any nicks, scrapes and nasty stingers getting to your hands.
As well as keeping your hands safe, it’s really important to keep your eyes protected too. When you’re trimming hedges you’ll want to protect your eyes from any flying debris, and also keep them safe from any poisonous plants with a good safety visor or pair of goggles.
Gardening chores can be noisy and may cause harm to your ears over a period of time. Be sure to remember to wear some safety ear plugs so you don’t cause any damage while handling loud equipment.
If you’re a keen gardener, you’ll know it can be heavy on the knees. Using knee pads while you’re busy pruning your potted plants and removing weeds will provide comfort and lessen the strain on your knees so you won’t feel the effects in the morning.
Using these essential gardening tools will help to keep you safe and allow you to enjoy making your garden look great! Now you’re all set, check out these 17 essential gardening tasks you should do this summer.