Summer is here! Let’s face it. We have all been waiting for these long, sun-kissed summer days. If you’re like most, yard work isn’t at the top of your list. So if you’re thinking you can knock it all out in a weekend, you need to proceed with caution.
You may not realize that gardening and landscaping expends approximately 300+ calories, depending on the task. This sounds great, but if you are used to sitting at a desk or staring at a computer all week long, you may not be used to that awkward, weed-pulling position. Lifting, reaching, bending, and squatting can easily cause muscle soreness or strain if you aren’t careful.
As landscape professionals, here are some helpful tips to avoid unexpected injuries:
• Stretch for at least five to ten minutes before working.
• Proper lifting techniques are imperative while working outside. Make sure you keep your back straight while bending the knees. Then, lift with your legs.
• Don’t try to be a super star, ask for help if it is too heavy to lift on your own. Or take an extra trip with that wheel barrow instead of hauling it all at once.
• Using a wheel barrow to lift heavy potted plants can save your back.
• Always apply sunscreen and re-apply as needed, even in the evening.
• Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes while mowing. No flip flops!
• Long pants and sleeves are best for mixing or spraying any kind of week control substances. Even if the label says natural or organic, protect yourself and follow the directions.
• Don’t use a chainsaw or other equipment while standing on a ladder. If you can’t reach it from the ground, call in the professionals.
• Always, always call before you dig! Even for a simple fence post or small flower bed, call the utility locating company to have them locate everything underground. Not only for you and your family’s safety, but it’s the law in Colorado.
Hopefully these helpful tricks of the trade will help you enjoy your landscape all summer long.