Ladder Safety: Can You Use Them on Grass?

Can You Put Ladders on Grass

Ladders are very essential equipment to have around the home. They come in handy for work done high above ground level. Sometimes, this work is not done on cemented or wooden floors, but rather out in the yard or garden.

When the time comes for you to trim some hedges or trim some low-hanging trees in your garden, the question of if your ladder is compatible with grass usually comes up. Not to worry, in this post, we will answer this question in detail and reveal some important safety tips along the way. 

Without proper safety precautions, ladder use on any type of floor including concrete, tile, or grass can be dangerous. The good news however is that ladder tragedies can be avoided with the right information regarding ladder use. 

Can You Use Ladders on Grass?

The simple answer to this question is yes. However, it doesn’t stop there. Effectively utilizing your ladder on grass requires a set of safety measures that prevent the ladder from slipping or falling. Some of these safety measures include

1. Inspect the Structural Integrity of The Ladder Before Using It

This rule is not just limited to grass use alone. It is also applicable when you are using your ladder on any floor type. Before you use your ladder, it is important to inspect it properly to ensure that every aspect of the ladder is in proper working condition.

Carefully inspect each rung, feet, joints, and other parts of the ladder to be sure it’s properly fastened before climbing. If you notice any breakage, crack, rust, or damage of any kind, refrain from using the ladder. 

A great way to make sure your ladder is safe before using it on the grass is to push down on each rung or each joint with some force to see if you can feel any damage. This will give you a clue on how well the ladder will fare when you put your whole weight on the ladder. 

2. Ensure the Ladder Is Dry 

Using your ladder on the grass already puts you at risk of slipping, the last thing you want is to use a wet ladder. Before using this ladder, dry off each rung and metal support properly.

Ensure you also ensure the foot of the ladder is rid of any dampness so as not to slip on the grass when you climb. It is also a great idea to wear appropriate footwear while climbing.

3. Ensure the Grass Is Level Ground 

Watching somebody fall from a ladder while climbing as a result of uneven terrain can be hilarious if it’s on a funny clip. But I guarantee you do not want that happening to you. This is why you must pay attention to the terrain before placing your ladder. You must ensure the grass is even out and not sloped to guarantee safety. 

How Do You Keep a Ladder from Slipping on Your Lawn

Ensuring your ladder remains firmly planted on the grass on your lawn is more about first using the right ladder and then utilizing all its features. Here are some steps you can follow to ensure your ladder does not slip while using it.

1. Properly Secure the Feet of The Ladder

While using your ladder out on the lawn, ensuring the ground is stable and even enough for your ladder is important. To be able to properly use it on grass, you need to flip the ladder spurs out so they rest on the ground. This will properly secure the ladder on the soft surface while you make the climb. 

2. Properly Securing the Top of The Ladder

When you have ensured the ladder is secured at the base, the next thing you must do is to secure your ladder at the top and also across the window spans to improve the stability of the ladder. If you intend to use this ladder to reach a scaffolding platform, or the roof, then tying the ends is a great idea.

As a rule of thumb, you must ensure that your ladder isn’t resting against weak surfaces. Instead, you can guarantee safety by tying the ladder to a particularly strong point like a window frame, chimney, scaffolding post, etc. You could also try securing the ladder using a ladder stability device.

3. Climb with The Utmost Caution

As with any other type of floor, proceed to climb your ladder with caution. You must ensure that you maintain at least 3 points of contact with the ladder at all times. This will give you much-needed balance and stability when you climb.

You should also ensure you avoid overreaching when using a ladder on grass. This will greatly increase the chances of your ladder slipping. Instead, use a ladder with an appropriate height for the job you intend to do.

What Type of Surface Should a Ladder Be Used On?

Ladders generally have universal appeal because they can be used on quite a number of surfaces. However, these surfaces must have a few features that make it possible for ladders to work effectively. Here are a few of those features

  • Firm

The surface must be firm and capable of withstanding the climber and ladder’s weight. 

  • Even terrain

As we have earlier stated, one of these features is even terrain. The ladder must not slope while being used.

  • Clean, smooth surfaces

The surface must also be rid of dirt, oil, moss, loose materials, etc. You must ensure that there is no lingering debris on the surface. 

  • Free of any impending hazards

You shouldn’t use your ladder on any surface that is a hazard waiting to happen. This will not only lead to the destruction of the ladder but also severe injuries.