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Hints and Tips - An Introduction
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:05:03 pm »
Hints and Tips
This thread will introduce a series of practical hints and tips, methods and techniques, all based on knowledge gained over many years of experience. Some will be new to you, others may hopefully remind you of those things you learned but may have forgotten!

They will be in no particular order, as we are not following a programme or style aimed at design elements or practical ability, and they will build into a useful guide and reference source for landscape projects.

As more and more hints and tips are added, they will be indexed and catalogued for ease of reference. In order to maintain interest in the thread, different subjects will be explored, and if you have any particular item you wish to see included, please let us know via the Forum.

It is useful if you could give some idea of your location as this may influence the answer, as techniques and materials may need to vary accordingly.

Please note that a certain level of experience will be presumed, and that certain operations have taken place prior to any detailed explanations, e.g. that the site will be prepared beforehand, with levels, falls and excavations complete, otherwise each Hint and Tip will have to start with a repetitive section covering the same ground; ‘remove turf from site to the compost heap, excavate topsoil to the sub soil, store topsoil on site for future use following construction works’ etc., leaving little room for the featured Hint or Tip!

Similarly, it will be assumed that each person undertaking any of the practical projects will be properly prepared to do so. Whilst I am not an expert on Health and Safety – even though I have had a lot of professional training, I am not a qualified H & S person – I make sure that every project I work on is assessed to check for hazards to my health and others working with me.
I want to live to tell the tale, with all fingers, toes, eyes and limbs intact!

Use common sense – take stock of a situation. I cannot work with piles of rubble under my feet – I like to know that my work area is clear and uncluttered, and take time to clear after each operation. Always follow the instructions on any container or package.

Never risk your eyesight. You only have one pairs of eyes. Always wear safety glasses or goggles, no matter how harmless the job may appear. One small shard of stone, one wood splinter or grain of sand or cement can cost an eye.

I advocate the wearing of gloves, either rubber, cotton or hide to protect fingers from damage by glass, cement, sharp objects and the abrasive nature of concrete and natural stone products. Even though I have had 45 years of landscaping to develop thick skinned fingers, I still wear gloves whenever necessary.

Stout boots or shoes, steel toecapped if working with boulders and heavy materials could save a toe. Ear defenders may be required for some jobs, especially when using drills or cutting equipment. Kneeling pads, or an old coat or towel to protect your knees even when performing quite simple jobs can save a lot of short term pain and long term injury.

Nobody is going to start work dressed like a Samurai warrior, but thought beforehand and assessment of risks involved will help keep you safe and sound.