You might think that since spring is over, things are starting to calm down in the garden and you can worry about it a little less over the coming months. Unfortunately, that’s not strictly true. Here, we’re going to look at some of the real health hazards that can arise as a result of the changing environment and how you can protect the health of both family and home from them.
Take good care of those trees
Not only will taking care to trim your trees and bushes improve the home’s exterior aesthetic, but they can reduce the risk of several kinds of damage and injury. Overgrown branches are more likely to be broken by the wind, after which they can fall or be thrown, be it onto a person’s head, onto a car, or even into nearby powerlines. Trees and bushes keep growing into autumn, so it’s important to keep trimming them. Furthermore, the branches, leaves, and general dirt from trees can block your home’s gutters, leading to leaks that penetrate inside the home.
Stopping slips, trips, and falls
Fall is the perfect time to clear away all of the clutter from the garden. Furthermore, if you have any decking or patio tiles, then you might want to consider giving them a thorough wash, as well. Throughout the year, dirt and grime can stick to these surfaces. Add the moisture in the air as a result of the fall rains and you could see significant risk of slips, trips, and falls that could do real harm to people who visit the garden. For the same reason, it’s wise to trim any plants around pathways.
Be wary of pests
You’re not the only one who is likely to want to spend more time indoors when the colder weather comes around. A lot of critters are going to either try and move inside the home or at least stay near it for a source of warmth and food. To that end, make sure that you’re doing what you can to prevent giving a home to pests, such as leaving an overgrown garden they can hide in. Where prevention fails, more direct approaches like raccoon removal might help, as well. Check the home regularly for droppings, dander, and other signs of pests.
Keep your pets in mind, too
Pests aren’t the only animals you should be thinking about. If you have any pets that you let outdoors, then beware of the risks that autumn can pose to them, as well. Things like horse chestnuts, mushrooms, yew, and ivy might all seem like an exotic new snack for your dog or cats, but they could end up making them severely sick. Make sure you take the time to tidy up the garden and keep an eye out for any new growths to get rid off.
Don’t underestimate the real health risks associated with any of the hazards mentioned above. You can end up regretting it dearly if you don’t take precautions to protect your home and family.