Three Garden Disasters Just Waiting to Happen (And What to Do to Prevent Them!)

Now, I don't like to be a pessimist in this life. In fact, I like to look on the bright side of things, but there is one area in which I tend to err on the side of caution, and it's my family's safety. Sadly, this is something that can often be impacted negatively by some ignored or untended issues in the garden. Luckily with a little care and attention, you can usually avoid the garden disasters such as the ones discussed below. Read on to find out more.

Uncovered Ponds

Let me tell you a secret! Uncovered ponds and water features send shivers down my spine! Do you know why? Well, it's because they can so easily become dangerous for young children or pets as they can fall in and then struggle to get back out again!

Luckily, there is an easy way to prevent a disaster like this from happening in your garden. All you need is a pond cover. An item that comes in all sorts of shape and sizes.  You can get metal grills that fit just below the surface of your pond, so it's impossible for anyone to fall in. You can get ironwork cages that are over your water features and look decorative as well. You can even get plastic covers that roll out over your pond but do make sure that these are rigid and can support the weight if trodden on. Otherwise, they can create a further hazard as they make it harder for anyone that has fallen in, to get out! 

Unstable Trees

Another dangerous potential garden disaster is that of rotting or uprooted trees. These can be particularly problematic because if climbed upon, or subjected to strong winds they can give way and become a crushing hazard.

Unfortunately, trying to dig up or remove a tree under your own steam can be incredibly difficult.  That is why it is best to engage a professional like the folks at to come and do it for you. Then you won't have to do the hard work of removing the tree, and you will be safe in the knowledge that the danger has been eliminated and your garden is safe once more.

Poisonous Plants

Tragically, many homeowners are unaware that their gardens contain many plants that are poisonous to the touch, or if ingested. Such plants are a huge risk waiting to happen as well, as once again pets and young children, and even on occasion adults will have no idea what they are handling, and so be exposed to danger by coming into contact with these plants.

Foxgloves are beautiful but can be deadly!

To that end, it is always wise to familiarize yourself with the most common type of poisonous plants such as Lily of The Valley, Foxgloves, and Rhododendrons, and remove these wherever possible. You can even use sites like to search out more popular plants that can be toxic and remove these wherever possible. Be sure to do this wearing gloves, and dispose of the waste responsibly in sturdy plastic waste bags as well. This removal method is vital as it can help you minimize the chance of spreading any poisonous plants to the rest of the garden, or to pets or people that have access to the trash. Something that once again, can inadvertently cause a garden disaster!

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