Hazards & Risks of DIY Landscaping

Landscaping is generally not a hazardous job, however, there are some hazards that landscapers are exposed to that could lead to serious injuries or health issues for those who aren’t trained in the work. Next time you consider some DIY landscaping, look out for these risks and hazards. 

Pesticides

Some pesticides have very minor symptoms when you are overexposed. On the other hand, though, most are very dangerous. Pesticide poisoning happens with the chemicals get into your system through your eyes, skim or are inhaled into your lungs through your mouth. This is a significant risk when you are working with chemicals and lack professional handling skills.

Hearing Hazards

Landscaping requires using some very loud, noisy equipment, such as trimmers, mowers, tillers, shredders, chippers, chainsaws and blowers. This could lead to hearing loss if you are not careful. Be sure to use some sort of hearing protection when the equipment is running. Protect yourself by wearing long pants and sleeves, eye protection, gloves and durable shoes or boots.

Sun Exposure

Some landscapers have been known to suffer from heat strokes due to dehydration and being exposed to the sun too long. Wearing a hat can help. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated when working in your yard.

Insects & Diseases

As you probably know, plants attract bugs. Most insects are harmless. But some actually bite, sting and/or carry diseases. This is especially true in areas where there’s standing water. Be sure to cover yourself up, and put on a mask if you see a swarm of bugs flying around.

Scrapes & Cuts

Sharp tools and thorny plants come with the job when doing most types of landscaping. Both can cause cuts and scrapes, which should never be minimized or ignored. Treat them with rubbing alcohol and peroxide. If not, they can become infected. To avoid getting these wounds on your hands, always wear gardening gloves.

Overexertion 

When lifting heavy yard equipment and other items like bags of mulch, always use the proper lowering and lifting methods. If not, you could suffer bone breaks and painful sprains. Tasks that require repetitive motions for long time periods, such as raking or sweeping, can lead to tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome causing pain in your wrists and hands. You may also experience aches and pains in your back and arms. 

Professional Landscaping in Franklin, MA

The best way to avoid any and all of these DIY landscaping hazards is to hire a professional landscaper. Lola’s Landscape can help you transform your yard into a gorgeous scenery that adds curb appeal to your home. Give us a call today at 774-248-4584

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