Summer finally is upon us, and your little ones are going to want to start spending more time outside of the house. While indoor play is great during the winter when the temperature is cold and the weather is grim, the sun’s rays will bring kids of all ages crawling, toddling and running out into the back garden. So it’s time for you to start ensuring that your garden is a child-friendly space that you and your family can relax in during the hotter months of the year. Follow our complete guide to making your garden absolutely perfect for summer play!
Your garden has probably experienced some wear and tear since the last time you set foot in it. Winter winds can wreak havoc with fencing, causing breaks, splits and holes in the panels. Check the perimeter of your garden for any damage to the fencing. You don’t want little ones to escape or hurt themselves on any fractured or exposed woodwork. If you do find any damage, call in a professional fencing service to repair or replace the panel. Next, ensure that your ground is level. Uneven paving slabs can pose a serious trip hazard. Nobody wants their little ones falling over while they’re running about playing games. Finally, make sure that there isn’t any animal mess lying about. Even if you don’t have pets of your own, neighbours pets or wild animals could have used your garden as a litter tray at some point, so scour the floor and pick up any questionable matter with plastic gloves and dispose of it appropriately.
Once everything is safe and sound, it’s time to neaten your garden up. Mow the lawn and trim hard to reach areas like your garden’s corners and areas close to the fence. Scrub down any decking with a hard bristled broom and warm soapy water. This will get rid of any moss or dirt that might have built up over time. Pull up any weeds from between paving slabs and then use a steamer to clean the area. To prevent regrowth, use a weed killer. However, follow the instructions carefully and ensure that your children don’t come into contact with the chemicals. Finally, prune any trees and trim back any bushes, so that branches aren’t getting in the way of walkways or obscuring any views.
Make Things Fun
By now, you should have a clean, tidy and relatively empty looking garden. Use this as a blank canvas and start to fill it with fun toys and activities for your kids to enjoy in the sun. There are a few basic things that will make any space a kids’ wonderland. Top of a child’s checklist? Some high-quality garden equipment. This can include climbing frames, slides, swings or a combination of all three in an ultimate play area. You need to ensure that these are set up professionally to ensure that they are stable and reliable. Wipe down any plastic components regularly with disinfectant and dust down wooden equipment. Also, make sure that your little ones are supervised at all times while playing. This means that you can prevent any falls or minor injuries and treat any problems both quickly and effectively.
Make Things Beautiful
Now, add a little colour to the mix. Adding flowers to your garden will make your garden space bold, bright and fragrant. It encourages wildlife to frequent your garden, making it a nature-friendly space as well as a child-friendly haven. Regardless of how much room you have, there will be an option suitable for you. For small homes, try out window boxes or hanging baskets. You can use these for flowering plants. Just make sure that any species you opt for are non-toxic. You could also try out climbing plants on your exterior walls. Opt for species that establish themselves quickly, such as Wisteria. If you have more room, you might like to dig up a small flower bed or even a vegetable patch. Involve your kids in this activity. Who knows, you might spark an interest in gardening that will last them a lifetime.
You don’t need to undertake all of these steps, but if you do, your garden will soon establish itself as a colourful, beautifully scented playground that your little ones will revel in. There will always be something there to keep them occupied or capture their interest and you will also have beautiful surroundings to kick back and relax in while you keep an eye on them.
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