It’s fun to talk about how to create a more colorful landscape, or a landscape that makes people want to linger, and come back.

Safety might not be the most lively landscaping topic, but without it, none of that other stuff matters.

At Level Green Landscaping, safety is a top priority. We even have a guy in charge of it — Brad Butler, manager of corporate safety.

How to create a safe landscape? Butler shares seven things to keep in mind:

Fix Low Spots In Turf

A low spot in your property’s turf can cause pedestrians to trip and fall or twist their ankle. Fill in low areas with soil to level the ground, then seed or sod.

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Trim Low-Hanging Branches

Let branches grow too low, and a visitor walking and talking on their phone could walk right into them. Keep them trimmed up and out of the way.

Patrol Play Areas For Hazards

Playgrounds need extra attention to keep children safe. Our crews are always on the lookout for poison ivy, nests of ground bees, tripping hazards at the edges of playscapes.

Be aware of the proper mulch for play areas, too.

“Regular bark mulch gets so compacted, a fall onto it is like falling on concrete,” Butler says. Most mulch manufacturers make special kid-safe mulches with softer edges and that resist compacting. Rubber mulch is another alternative, he says.

Keep Parking Lots and Driveways Clear

Shopping centers with islands of landscaping sometimes have shrubs so out of control they block drivers’ vision, Butler says. Keep them properly trimmed so drivers have a clear view before they proceed.

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Ensure Clear, Defined Edging

Be sure the edging between lawn and beds is clear and defined. That helps prevent pedestrians from tripping.

Zap Sidewalk Weeds

Weeds in sidewalk cracks can obscure the edges of curbs, creating a tripping hazard. Keep them under control.

Beware Of Irrigation Heads

Sometimes sprinkler heads get stuck, protruding a couple inches above the ground instead of staying safely tucked below ground level.

Our supervisors regularly walk properties to check for wayward sprinkler heads that could cause people to trip.

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We Notice Everything

“We’re not just out there mowing grass, loading up the mowers and driving away,” Butler says. Our crews are trained to spot potential dangers. Supervisors routinely snap photos of problem areas and report them immediately to property managers.

Tree stumps? Rusty, dilapidated fencing? A curb stop that’s been removed to reveal bare rebar? Cracked, uneven concrete? We’re on top of it.

We’re an extra set of eyes on your property, making sure it’s safe.

How We Keep Safety First On The Job

“Our motto is ‘Do the right thing’ — we talk about it all the time,” Butler says. “When you talk about safety, prevention is always key. You do that by planning and training, and the two go hand in hand.”

Before any Level Green employee is handed a piece of equipment to use, they get training in how to use it safely.

And we look out for the health of our crew members, so they’re safe on the job.

“We want to take care of our men and women out there,” Butler says. “Landscaping is hard work. It’s not easy on the body.”

When someone complains about a sore shoulder or knee, they're pulled off the job to make sure they’re OK, and sent to a physician if necessary to have it checked out.

Communication As A Key Player

“We talk to our guys and women out there about using equipment the right way instead of the wrong way,” Butler says. “So they do it the smart way — not the easiest way.”

One example is the line trimmer, a piece of equipment crews use every day. The tool is balanced in weight, with a shoulder strap designed to keep it in proper balance. But if you don't wear the strap, your muscles strain to keep the tool in balance.

Level Green’s comprehensive safety program includes equipment and safety training and weekly meetings for crews that cover timely safety topics. Managers meet, too, to review any safety-related incidents, from a broken window to a physical injury, and come up with a plan to prevent it from happening again.

Butler keeps a detailed spread sheet that records every safety-related incident.

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How To Create A Safe Landscape? Leave It To Level Green

As Brad Butler says, at Level Green, we do the right thing. That means keeping your landscape not just beautiful, healthy and appealing, but safe for your employees and anyone who visits.

We know how to create a safe landscape — we do it every day.

Level Green provides commercial property maintenance for properties throughout Washington DC, Maryland and parts of Virginia. Level Green Landscaping services commercial properties like office buildings, homeowner associations (HOAs), mixed use, condominiums, retail, institutions and government entities.

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