Tuesday 26 November 2019

Create that Safe Family Garden Space.

{Collaborative} As a parent, you want your child to get outside and enjoy the garden. Playing in the garden can be an excellent way for them to get some exercise and blow off some steam. The garden can also be a tool you employ to teach the children about plants, flowers, and nature. However, you will want all this to be done safely and securely.

Here are some ideas to create a great garden space for all the family.

The key here is that if you feel it is safe, they will be safe. Mother knows best, as the old adage goes. First, you probably want grass as this provides a softer landing when the children fall over. You will want to make sure all the entrances and exits to the world beyond are covered up. It is a must to install a gate with a lock and key to that side entrance, for example, so you can keep the children where you can see them. Any holes in fences must be fixed, and gaps in hedgerows filled in. That way, you can keep an eye on your little cherubs through the window without worrying that they will escape. Also, it is not a good idea to have a water feature with very young children about, so if you are desperate for a pond, you’re going to have to wait a few years before that dream can be realised. Another thing to consider is removing any heavy objects that could fall over and hurt your children like stone flower pots.

Keep it clean
Ensure that you rake the leaves up to discourage any possible pests that may be inclined to lurk beneath them. Fallen foliage can also attract insects like wasps, so it is best to keep things clean and tidy. Also, keep the grass neatly mown as longer grass can also attract other forms of wildlife. Have a shed under lock and key to keep any pesticides and garden tools out of the way. So, ensure you take care of your garden.

Peaceful environment
Do you live near a busy street? Perhaps you can hear people saying all sorts of things in the world beyond. If you are able to, it may be an idea to think about some natural soundproofing. The taxus baccata is a great example, it is a beautiful evergreen hedge and can reduce noise pollution. You may also want to think about a garden pegoda which can be covered with creeping plants, so you can keep the eyes of nosey neighbours off of your children while at play if that is something that you are worried about.

Play area
You will want this to be visible to you from the kitchen window, perhaps. But, think about having a sandpit, but make sure you cover this up when not in use to avoid cats getting in. Also, getting a climbing frame with a slide is great for the kids. Always ensure any bolts are covered to avoid any accidents. Also, a trampoline is a great way to get them to use up all the excess energy.

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