Top Tips For Planning A Child-Friendly Garden
When you have children a big part of your home is your outdoor space, this means you need to make sure you have a child-friendly garden for them to use. It doesn’t mean you need to have a wasteland of plastic either. You can create a space that is both stylish and practical.
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Let’s have a look at some top tips to consider when planning your families child-friendly garden:
Safety Comes First
The most important thing to consider is safety, this will depend on the age of your children. If you have toddlers, then water is a no-go. However, older children can get a lot from water in the garden. What is ok for one child may not be ok for the next, so you need to rely on your instinct, you know your kids the best.
Have Plenty Of Soft Landing And Watch Out
Young children may need some level of containment so you can keep an eye on them. A barrier will help you to stop them from going into certain areas of the garden space. Often a low hedge or a low wall will be enough when they are small. Using a gate and some planters you can easily create a patio area that is close to the house. It can be used as
A low-maintenance space that is great for toys but also great for an adult space in the evening. Make sure you add plenty of soft landings such as lawn or bark chips.
If you have no shade in your garden you just aren’t going to get the use out of it when you need it the most. It is important that you look for ways to add some shaded spaces in your garden that can be used to stay out of the sun and get a break from the heat. Whether you look at Custom made awnings from Luxaflex to go over your patio area, add in some trees, use a parasol, or add a kiddy gazebo for them to play under, make sure you have a few shaded spots.
Be Careful With Your Plants
You should ideally choose planters that aren’t fragile with children around. Not only are they more at risk of breaking, but they are also more dangerous if they break and the children try to pick them up. Wooden planters or small planters that you can move when the children are outside are the best options. As well as this you need to think about the types of plants that you put in your garden. Some plants can be poisonous and others can have sharp thorns or prickles. This isn’t ideal with children, especially young children who may try to eat some plants in the garden when you’re not looking.
These top tips should help you to plan your child-friendly garden in time for the nice weather. Do you have any other tips that could help? Please share some of them in the comments section below.