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family friendly garden

Ours gardens are an extension of our homes, somewhere that we spend a lot of time, particularly in the summer months. I don’t know about you but during summer we probably spend more time in the garden than we do in the house!

When your children are young it’s important to encourage their love of the outdoors and make the most of the space you have. Here are a few ways that you can make your garden as family friendly as possible…

Safety first

When you have small children, safety should be at the forefront of your plans, especially in an outdoor space. I would recommend getting rid of any ponds that you have in your garden, or at the very least install a safety cover. Also, make sure that your gates are secure and that your child cannot open them by themselves. And of course, don’t forget to lock any tools away securely.

You can find other great tips on keeping your children safe outdoors here.

Consider installing artificial grass

We have artificial grass in our garden and it’s something that I cannot recommend enough to other families. It stops your children getting muddy, it looks great all year round and of course it means you never have to mow the lawn again! Which is great when you are a busy family who want to make the most of your time together, and not spend it cutting the grass! Artificial grass installers Lawrence Lawns offer installation for all kinds of projects and can even send you a free sample so that you can get a feel for their products.

Keep it low maintenance

Following on from artificial grass, if you are a busy family it’s a good idea to keep your garden as low maintenance as possible. If you aren’t a keen gardener, you could consider adding artificial plants to your outdoor space just to add in a little colour and texture. Also get rid of any hedges that will need trimming as this can be very time consuming, and replace them with fencing instead.

A space of their own

You might want to consider creating a small play area for your children, a space that is just for them. You could add a playhouse, a swing and slide, maybe a blackboard and other play equipment. This is a great way to encourage them to get outdoors and play independently. You could then have a separate space just for adults, which will help to give your garden some structure and of course keep it as organised and tidy as possible.

Vegetable patch

Although I am a big fan of low maintenance gardens, I think it’s a great idea to have a small vegetable patch in your garden, or some large planters so that you and your child can grow veg, fruit and flowers. It’s a great way to show children where their food comes from and will encourage them to eat fruit and veg that they might not normally have eaten.

Thank you for reading.

*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post*