Saturday, 14 March 2020

Making your Garden Pet and Child Friendly!

{Collaborative content} If you want a garden where the entire family can relax and have fun in total security, you’ll probably want to make sure that it’s both pet and child proof. Making the garden as safe as possible for your babies and fur babies will give you peace of mind and make sure you can make some incredible memories while spending time there.

Below, we’ll take a look at a few pointers you can use:

Raise Your Flower Beds
Raised flower beds are perfect for keeping your flowers away from little feet - both the furry and the human kind. You’ll be able to protect your more delicate plants this way, and ou can keep your hardier shrubs where they are.

Know Which Plants Are Toxic
It’s a good idea to keep toxic plants out of your garden altogether. Some plants are toxic to cats and dogs, and when ingested they could be fatal. Just some of these plants include:
  • Azaleas
  • Bluebells
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Mistletoe
  • Rhubarb

The list is far more extensive so you need to ensure you know which plants are safe and which are not if you have pets.

Install Secure Fencing
There should be no gaps or holes in your fencing if you don’t want your dog to escape. If they like to dig, it might help for you to have an area they can do that. This can be their play area, and they can hide toys or treats there. You could also plant catnip for your cats. You may not be able to stop them from digging, so give them an area where they can safely do it.




Make Sure You Have Places To Take Cover From The Sun
Shady spots are crucial for both toddlers and pets. Your pets are constantly wearing that thick fur coat, so make sure they have somewhere to retreat from the sweltering rays. You could even purchase a small hut or tent for them especially for this purpose, although whether they use it or not is up to them.

Reduce The Use Of Chemicals And Fertilisers
Chemicals and fertilisers can help your garden sometimes, but replacing them with more natural alternatives will be better for your pets and children, as well as the wildlife in your garden. Slug pellets are particularly poisonous.

Keeping Your Grass Healthy
If you want healthy, green grass no matter who is walking (and peeing) all over it, the best thing to do might be to install artificial grass. You can get samples from a place like https://artificialgrasssamples.co.uk/ and figure out if it’s for you. Artificial grass still needs a little maintenance, but it’ll look better for longer.

Watch Out For Your Water Features
Water features could be a drowning hazard in your garden. Most drownings of 2 and 3 year olds happen in the home and garden. Even near drownings can cause major injuries. This doesn’t just mean ponds where your child could fall and not get out - even a bucket of water left lying around could be an issue.

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