Play is at the heart of childhood and an inspiring outdoor living play area can give children many hours of enjoyment. But what if your garden is compact? Maybe you would like to avoid having a playset that takes up precious yard space, or you don’t want to look at toys year-round from the interior of your home. With some simple strategies, you can still incorporate play into your landscape.
The following steps can help you create a kid-friendly landscape.
Creating a gated enclosure is one of the approved safety features, although it is not always the most effective. It allows your kids to play on the patio, playground, putting green, or basketball court while keeping them safe from the pool or spa.
Install Non-Slip Surfaces
Hardscape surfaces like patios, pathways, and pool decks can cause children to slip, trip, and fall. Wherever children are likely to run and play, choose non-skid surfaces like pavers, especially if the surface is likely to get wet from the rain. Installing non-slip materials that help avoid youngsters from falling may not completely prevent all garden accidents.
Avoid Toxic and Harmful Plants
Many common plants are harmful or dangerous. You’ll find them among the daffodils and Irises. Always check with your local nursery or landscape contractor before acquiring a new plant. Avoid prickly plants like cactus and Sago Palms. Children may accidentally touch or fall into the plants, injuring themselves.
Consider Safer Artificial Grass
Having a synthetic grass lawn reduces trips and falls. When properly built, it also provides a softer landing surface in the event of an accident. Walking on an artificial grass lawn with correct infill feels like walking on a soft, cushioned surface. Artificial turf doesn’t require pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, limiting toxic exposure to your kids (and pets).
Have an Area of Open Space
Kids need room to run and play, so preserving a grassy area is wise. This also provides an area for summer activities like a pool or sprinklers. Your youngsters can splash about without harming the plants.
Landscaping should be done with the safety of your children in mind. Providing them with a safe, shaded outdoor play area will keep them happy, active and leave you feeling more relaxed when they are outside. A professional landscape design company can help you plan the perfect outdoor living space for your family’s specific needs.
Backyard Reflections is proud to offer our innovative design, skilled landscaping services and superior customer. Call us at (320) 640-2626 in Annandale, (218) 220-2785 in Nisswa or fill out our online form to schedule your no-obligation consultation.