Is Your Backyard Safe

Backyards are a great place to plant trees and other shrubberies. It’s a great place to make memories with family and friends. A backyard is a space where children play and let their imagination run wild. A big backyard is the best!

Some Dangers to Be Aware Of

However, that’s only when your backyard is safe. There can be many dangers in your backyard. Low-hanging branches on trees, exposed roots that become hazardous, toxic plants, and dangerous machinery. If only there was a way to make a backyard safe for all ages of all kinds. Well, there is!

Making your backyard safe is no easy task, but it is completely worth it. Keeping your trees safe, storing lawn tools in the right places, and cleaning up litter not only make your backyard safe, but they also make it beautiful, too!         

Assess Your Backyard to See If It’s Safe

The first step to keeping your backyard safe is to assess and research the current plants you have or are thinking about planting. As stated by Hillary Johnston in the 2016 article, ‘The Complete Backyard Safety Checklist’ it’s important to make sure poisonous garden plants are out of reach from children and animals. While most toxic plants won’t do a lot of damage other than a rash or a stomachache, some plants can turn out to be deadly to small children and animals.

If you are considering planting any flowers or vegetables that may be deemed as toxic, it is advised to keep them out of reach of pets or kids, you can do this by installing a safety fence or simply plant them in an elevated flower bed. Hillary Johnston also suggested wearing safety equipment and keeping children and pets indoors while treating your garden with herbicides or pesticides.

Be Careful When Using Chemicals in Your Backyard

If any herbicides or pesticides get in someone’s eye, it should be flushed out as soon as possible and be followed up with a doctor visit. After using any treatment on plants, you should wash your hands and change clothes. This will ensure that if you rub your eyes, the chemicals won’t get in them and you won’t be inhaling any chemicals from your clothes.

If you have lawn mowers or other power tools, store and secure them in a safe place and keep the cords tucked away. In Hillary Johnston’s article, she stated that around 35,000 people get injured from power tools and lawnmowers each year.  Before mowing, survey your yard for sticks or rocks so they don’t get caught up in your mower and possibly hit somebody. Secure your liquids to prevent spillage. If anything does spill, clean it up as soon as possible.      

How to Care for Your Trees

If you have trees in your backyard and you want to know how to make them safe, here you go! One excellent way of making your trees safe is by pruning or trimming them. But what is pruning? Grounds Guy, 2017, ‘The Importance of Pruning: Why it’s important’ claimed that pruning is removing specific portions of your trees or other shrubs to promote healthy growth and make them very aesthetically pleasing.

Make sure you aren’t cutting off too many branches as they store water and other nutrients that are important for tree health. In a 2015 article, Tree Wise stated that trimming trees can keep them from hitting cars and people. The article also mentioned that trimming trees can lessen potential fire dangers and keep them from interfering with cable lines.

With Trees Comes Roots

Roots are essential to trees as they keep trees alive. They’re amazing for trees, but what about for everyone and everything else? Sometimes, tree roots can interfere with plumbing. Nobody wants to spend their downtime unclogging toilets or spending their entire paycheck on plumbers.

The source of these piping problems may be the roots themselves. Coleta Teske for Popular Mechanic wrote the article ‘How to Stop Roots from Wrecking Your Sewer Lines’ in 2013. They stated that you can solve piping problems before they even begin!

Do Research Before Planting Trees in Your Backyard

Before planting any trees, check where your sewer lines are. If you don’t know, you can call the national 811 number to give you a helping hand. It is also good to have preventative measures such as when installing a barrier. Simply place the metal or wood barrier below the sewer line. This provides a wall of protection.

Make sure to keep up with maintenance and call a plumber if you have any difficulty clearing a toilet or if your toilet clogs frequently. In a 2018 article titled ‘Trees to Keep Away from Sewer Lines’ by Len The Plumber claimed that you should plant trees or shrubs with more passive root systems than aggressive ones.

If you want to avoid trees that could infiltrate your sewer system then stay away from Maple, Elm, Willow, and Poplar trees as they are some of the worst trees for root infiltration.

Exposed Roots Can Be Dangerous

Another danger in the backyard is any exposed roots. They can become tripping hazards and can be damaged by machinery that in turn make trees vulnerable to infestation or disease, according to Davey, 2019, ‘The Root of the problem.’

To solve this issue, plant low maintenance, ground plants to cover roots up. It’ll make roots safer and prettier! You can also use mulch. Mulch is good because you get two for the price of one. Mulch will cover the roots and help them retain water. It’s a win-win!     

You Can Always Hire an Arborist

If there are any safety measures that you don’t feel confident doing yourself, hire an arborist! An arborist is essentially a tree doctor. They are knowledgeable in your trees needs, trained and equipped to provide just the right tree care.

It’s important to hire them because this is their specialty, they can provide emergency tree care that you may not know about or may not know how to do it properly. They can also take care of sewer lines and cables if you hire them to plant a tree. They’ll make sure your trees or roots never interfere with your plumbing.

You can even hire them to remove a tree. They’re great! They’ll make your gardening life a whole lot easier. 

Final Thoughts

Keeping up around your trees can make your backyard safe. This includes simply removing any dead or low hanging branches as well as cleaning up any tree litter. It is also important to keep roots out of walking or play areas. It is important to remember that weak trees can pose a danger to your home. It’s always important to take care of trees as if they were a child. Keep them clean, hydrated, and out of harm’s way. Assessing trees is important as it keeps your home safe and looking great.