As the clocks have gone forward and the evenings are lighter, many of us will begin to venture out for evening walks and pottering in the garden…..do you know which plants are harmful to either humans or animals?
Thankfully, serious poisoning by plants is uncommon in the UK, however, according to the Horticultural Society, there are more than 130 potentially poisonous garden plants in the UK – so it’s worth knowing what the risks are, and how to manage them.
Some of the more common harmful plants:
- Giant Hogweed: This plant can cause severe skin reactions and even blindness if it comes into contact with the skin or eyes.
- Poison Ivy: This plant can cause skin irritation, rashes, and blisters.
- Japanese Knotweed: This invasive plant can damage buildings and structures, and it is difficult to control once it takes hold.
- Hemlock: This plant is highly toxic and can cause paralysis and even death if ingested.
To manage the risks posed by these plants, there are several things you can do:
- Identify the plants: Learn to identify harmful plants in your area and educate yourself on the potential risks they pose.
- Avoid contact: If you come across any harmful plants, avoid touching them, and keep children and pets away.
- Wear protective clothing: If you need to work around harmful plants, wear protective clothing, including long sleeves, pants, and gloves.
- Remove the plants: If you have harmful plants on your property, it is essential to remove them carefully to prevent spreading the seeds or sap.
- Consult a professional: If you are unsure about the best way to manage harmful plants, consult a professional who specializes in plant removal and management.
Overall, it is important to take the risks posed by harmful plants seriously and take steps to manage them appropriately.
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