Written by a contributing writer
When we’re younger and living alone, our gardens are rarely a priority. You might plant some pretty flowers and invest in some nice outdoor seating so that you can eat outdoors in the summer, or relax with a good book and a glass of wine on a warm evening. But, that’s often as much thought as we put into our outdoor spaces. Then, kids come along, and this changes. The purpose of our gardens change. They are no longer a space for us to relax and unwind. Instead, they are a safe outdoor area where our children can play, get messy, burn off some energy and even get creative.
This means that safety becomes a primary concern. Kids need protecting in a way that adults don’t especially if you want to be able to give them some freedom to play without your constant hand holding.
Unfortunately, however, garden safety isn’t always as easy as it seems. It’s all too easy to add a tall fence and a gate. But, the dangers of the outdoor world often require more safety measures than these. Let’s take a look at some ways to ensure your garden is safe enough for your kids.
Is it Enclosed?
The first thing to ask yourself is, are they secure when they are outdoors? Could they wander off? While you should be keeping your eyes on them, we all know how much trouble a toddler can get into in just a few seconds when your back is turned, and as they get older, they’ll want more freedom to play alone. High fences are great, but you should also have a lockable gate if your garden isn’t totally enclosed.
Is there Water?
Did you know that very young children can drown in even very shallow water? Even older children can slip and hurt themselves if the ground is wet. You might want to hold off on a water feature until your children are older, but if you’ve already got one, make sure it’s safe and secure. A pool alarm can be essential if you’ve got a larger mass of water like a swimming pool or big pond.
Are there Pests?
By pests, we don’t always mean things like rats and roaches. Bees, bugs, mosquitos, and more can all pose a hazard. They’re not always easy to spot until it’s too late either, so get in touch with a pest control company if you’ve got any doubts at all.
Do You Use Chemicals and Tools?
You might think that your garden is simple, easy to maintain and that you have no need for power tools and harsh chemicals. So your garden must be safe. But, even mild garden cleaners, basic tools like grass rakes and forks and paints can be dangerous in little hands. Make sure even the safest of tools are locked away in the shed or inside when not in use and try not to use them around your children.
Are the Plants Safe?
Most common garden plants, shrubs, and flowers are safe for children and pets. But, not all. You should be especially careful if you didn’t plant things yourself and they were in the garden when you moved in. Try to identify everything, and check its safety as some plants cause rashes and sores and can even be poisonous is eaten.