There’s nothing healthier and better for you than spending a day in the garden tending to your flower beds, right? Wrong! Turns out that your garden is full of dangers, just waiting to pounce. Take a look at some of these problems you might encounter.
Bruce Morrison, a 29-year-old man from Wellington, fell seriously ill after handling potting mix. It turned out that the mix he had been handling was infected with legionellosis, a deadly bacteria that causes cardiac arrest among other things. Morrison was put into an induced coma by medical staff and remained in intensive care for a long time.
Most seasoned gardeners know that potting mix can be dangerous – after all bags of mix usually come with warning labels. But how many gardeners ever bother to don a mask when they’re handling the stuff? Not many. Morrison’s experience was a wake-up call to everybody to protect themselves and to only handle potting mix in well-ventilated areas.
Falling Garden Trees
Back in 2014, the news broke that a 31-year-old woman had been killed by a falling tree as she walked through the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. She was killed during a birthday party at the venue when a large branch fell and struck her on the head, causing her to suffer from multiple injuries. Kew faced an inquiry about whether there was anything that they could have done to prevent the tragedy from occurring. The owners at Kew said that they had thought the risk of falling branches so small that they hadn’t thought it necessary to put up warning signs.
As Heisinger Tree Service experts point out, tree branches can fall at any time, potentially resulting in life-threatening injuries. As a result, potentially dangerous trees need to be regularly assessed to make sure that they are safe.
Most people are afraid of spiders and scientists think that it’s because, at some point in our past, spiders were deadly to humans. Today, most species of spiders are harmless, except one, of course: the funnel-web spider. This spider’s bite is bad and can cause severe swelling in the local area in people who are particularly sensitive. The spiders tend to thrive in wood piles and retaining walls where they like to spin their dense, bright white webs.
Socrates, the great Greek philosopher, was famously murdered after being poisoned with hemlock, an otherwise unassuming plant that looks a lot like parsley. It highlights the fact that some plants are downright dangerous, if not deadly. Plants are known to cause all manner of reactions, from slight irritations of the skin to full-blown cardiac arrest.
According to national authorities, there is no simple scheme for determining which plants are deadly and which are safe. As a result, it’s recommended that if you don’t recognize a plant in your garden to avoid touching it with your bare hands or putting it in your mouth and gobbling it. Keep children away from bulbs and berries that you don’t recognize.