Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Root out Toxic Plants

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Root out Toxic Plants

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ARE you looking for a property with a big backyard where your children can let their imaginations run wild?

Experts agree that playing outdoors among trees, in garden beds and in the sandpit provides a quality play environment for children.

Not only is it beneficial for childrenas brain development, it is educational and can provide hours of fun for both children and adults.

Do you remember wondering where the trail of ants ended in your backyard?

Or constructing the best roads for your toy cars and trucks in the garden beds?

Perhaps you had your own garden patch or herb garden as a child.

All of these activities are important for childhood, however it is vital that you gain some basic knowledge about the plants in your garden, particularly if you are buying or renting a new property.

Young children explore their worlds by putting almost everything in their mouths, and many parents worry about toxic plants in their gardens. Toxic plants are not just a concern for little ones. The appearance of brightly coloured berries, for example, can look like lollies to preschool/school age children.

Are there toxic plants in the house you are looking to buy or rent?

Many plants are toxic, which means they are poisonous. Be reassured, however, that plants may only have some parts that are toxic such as the leaves, stems, berries or bulbs. The levels of toxicity range from mild to severe, which translates to symptoms such as feeling queasy through to shortness of breath and/or a rapid pulse rate. It is best to know which plants are most likely to make children sick and eliminate them from areas where children play.

Which plants are the most toxic?

The following common garden plants are known to be the most toxic to children. It is best to remove these plants, or to keep children well away from them. If you are selecting plants for your garden you should avoid these plants altogether and choose alternative plants:

acents White cedar a the fruit from this tree are toxic

acents Yellow oleander a all parts of this plant are toxic especially the kernels.

acents Arum lily a all parts toxic

acents Castor oil plant a seeds are toxic

acents Deadly nightshade a purple/black berries are toxic

acents Lily of the valley a all parts are toxic including the red berries

acents Oleander a all parts are toxic including attractive flowers

acents Poinsettia a all parts are toxic including the sap and attractive flowers

acents Rosary bean a the attractive seeds are toxic

acents Mushrooms a as there are so many varieties it is best to assume that all mushrooms (or fungi) that spring up in the garden or playground are toxic

There are many plants which can make your child feel unwell or be an irritant to the eyes or other sensitive skin areas. …

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