We’re coming into that time of year where the sun is finally coming out and summer is on its way. Hopefully as well, if it’s anything like last year, we should be in for a real treat. I’m talking beaches, BBQs and beer galore.

Summer isn’t only a time for BBQs and beers on the beach though. For many people, it’s also the perfect time to grab the shears and get into the garden, pruning and trimming away. It’s similarly a great time for being able to pick your very own home-grown fruit and vegetables.

New heights

However, since plants and trees often grow taller than people, in order to reach those higher fruits or branches, you’ll need more than just shears or your hands to help: you’ll need a trusty ladder as well.

Now, since gardens are often made of uneven ground like soil, grass or turf, it’s vital that the ladder you choose is able to stably support you while you chop or pick away. Otherwise, you could be in for a nasty accident.

Many people often overlook the importance of this ladder choice though, assuming it’ll be fine to use any old ladder since it’s only be being used for a short period of time. Don’t make this mistake. Never put your own safety into question, and never underestimate just how important a garden ladder can be.

A foolish fall

It’s important that you take the time to place your ladder properly. Uneven garden surfaces can be annoying and make it difficult for you to place your ladder securely and safely. It’s easy to feel frustrated by this, simply giving into temptation and climbing up regardless of safety.

While you might get away with it once or twice, rushing your ladder placement is really not a good idea. An unstable ladder can lead to nasty falls and accidents that could leave you in the hospital for most of the summer. No beers or BBQs for you.

Even if you’re only working a metre or short distance up the ladder, don’t take the risk. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive actually show that some of the most devastating injuries occur from shorter falls. Therefore, just because you’re using a ladder that isn’t too tall, it doesn’t make it any less important to make sure it’s fully stable before you use it.

Taking a step towards safety…

Overcoming the issue of an uneven garden surface is surprisingly simple. If you spend a lot of time in the garden, or are particularly worried about working at height when pruning or fruit picking, you should think about investing in a specialist ladder, such as a telescopic, fruit picking or garden ladder.

These ladders have been specially designed to account for soft, uneven surfaces such as lawns, turf and soil. They allow you to adjust the leg before you start work, letting you find the optimum point for ladder stability. Once you’re set up, you can rest assured that the ladder will hold in place while you work away.

Ensuring correct garden ladder safety is vital. Not only will it keep you safe, but it will also make those summer beers and BBQs taste even better.