Sunday, 6 September 2015

Happy Fathers Day

Today is the dedicated day in Australia to remember and reward our Dads - a quote from Charles Wadsworth in our August 2015 newsletter goes:

'By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.'  

We don't of course, just think of our Dads on this one day of the year. Even when they have passed our Dads hold a really special place in our hearts and are often recalled in our memory. 

No doubt there will be sumptuous treats weighing down many a table today to celebrate his special day - and with Dad's favourite tipple alongside? So kick back Dad and enjoy the day and limelight!

Some of us may have given THE MAN something he feels is essential to really give those tough nut shrubs a real 'going over'. It has to be said that there is just something about a man and his motorised garden equipment...... they just seem to go hand and glove.

Before the 'man of the house' revs up his new toy, oops tool, he should be made aware that this particular piece of machinery can really pack a punch and is quite dangerous.

First and foremost, the instructions should be carefully read and there will be many warnings about kickback which occurs when the nose or tip of the guide bar touches an object, or when the wood closes in and pinches the saw chain in the cut. This may cause a very, very fast reverse reaction, kicking the guide bar up and back towards the operator. This makes control of the chainsaw extremely difficult and can cause serious injury. Some worthwhile advice on this issue is to keep a good firm grip on the saw with both hands. Make sure that the area you are cutting is free from obstructions. Do not overreach or cut above your shoulder height. Always follow manufacturer's sharpening instructions - chainsaws are just like our kitchen knives, blunt or dull knives often cause cuts and gashes.

Always wear protective gear - safety footwear (why would you wear thongs?), snug-fitting clothing; protective gloves, eye protection and noise reducing headphones - the whine of a chainsaw is just horrendous.

A little word of warning......... sometimes these blokes need a gentle hand of advice as they can get carried away in the moment. This can lead to them really 'doing a job' on our gardens which may take many years of growing back or worse still, the demise of the tree or shrub.... just say'n!

Happy Fathers Day

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