How child-friendly is your garden?
With summer on the way, your outdoor space needs to be fit for purpose for the younger members of your family. As a parent, you need to think about their safety, for starters. Then there’s the fun factor to consider, as if you want them to play outdoors, you need to give them some incentive to leave the confines of their bedrooms and indoor play areas. And there are other considerations for your garden too, such as how to keep your little one’s hands and feet away from your blossoming perennials!
So, we ask again. How child-friendly is your garden?
Here are some ideas you might find useful.
Consider adding artificial grass
Artificial grass is great for kids, for a variety of reasons. The surface is soft and bouncy, so there will be less damage to themselves should they tumble while playing. There is no need for pesticides or chemicals, so your children are safe from any nasty toxins. Your children and your home interiors will be much cleaner, as your children won’t get muddy when playing outdoors. And you won’t have to mow the lawn either, so aside from the fact that you won’t need to get the lawnmower out, your children will also be safe from anything that usually gets hidden in the confines of long grass.
Plant child-friendly flowers
Young children enjoy exploring, so you can almost guarantee that they will touch or taste something they shouldn’t if left unattended. Therefore, you need to remove any dangerous plants and flowers, such as Foxgloves, English Ivy, and even Daffodils, as they pose health dangers to your little ones. You can find out more here. Replace them with safer plants and flowers, such as Lavenders, Sunflowers, and Marigolds, as not only are they super safe, but they look gorgeous too!
Include a greenhouse
If you don’t have a greenhouse in your garden, then you should definitely consider one for two reasons. For starters, if you don’t want your children trampling all over your plants and crops when playing outdoors, a greenhouse is the perfect place to store them away from harm. On the other hand, you might want to choose a greenhouse for the benefit of your children. Not only is it safer for them if your garden space does pose any dangers, but if you don’t have a large enough garden to teach them more about the natural world, you could opt for something like a 6×6 Halls Qube Greenhouse which is perfect for smaller spaces. Here, your children can grow and nurture plants, develop new skills, and learn more about conservation and ecological issues. And if you give your children the opportunity to grow their own foods too, such as peas and runner beans, they are less likely to turn green at the thought of eating green!
Create opportunities for fun and learning
To get your children out of the house and into the garden, you do, as we suggested earlier, need to give them some incentives. Therefore, if your garden is large enough, designate play areas with swings, slides, and other play equipment, and use rubber mats to protect your children from falls if you haven’t decided on artificial grass. Consider building a conservation area, with such things as bird feeders and nest boxes, so your children can study and care for nature’s wildlife. Give your kids their own patch of land to grow plants and vegetables. And give them the opportunity to get crafty, letting them paint plant pots, garden gnomes, or rocks and stones in a designated area of your garden.
By following our suggestions, you can keep your children safe, offer them incentives to spend more time outdoors, and protect your plants from their wandering hands and feet! We hope you found our ideas useful, but let us know what you think. And if you have any ideas of your own on what to include (or exclude) in a child-friendly garden space, be sure to let us know!
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