Having your own outside space is a wonderful reward to having a hectic lifestyle. The ability to sit and relax and enjoy being close to nature is a welcome respite to a busy life.
Having children is equally a life altering experience but sometimes having children can be a worry for people who enjoy their garden because of the potential hazards you can face.
However by following these simple pointers you can maintain your relaxing garden and not worry about hazards to your children:
Garden tools including dibbers hanging from painted wooden pegs in the potting shed – © Zara Napier/GAP Photos
If you use a range of tools in your garden, especially sharp objects such as shears or mowers ensure they are locked up safely. It is a good idea to ensure that any shed or garage is properly cordoned off, even if tools are locked away for maximum safety.
Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’ – Voss’s Laburnum – © Richard Bloom/GAP Photos
Certain plants and flowers, though beautiful to look at have levels of toxicity that can be dangerous for children. Check all of the plants in your garden to make sure they will be safe to play there.
Obviously certain plants are naturally prickly so should be removed to avoid any danger to your children.
Betula underplanted with clipped Buxus sempervirens, Verbascum ‘Petra’, Aquilegia ‘Ruby Port’, Digitalis ‘Sutton’s Apricot’ – The Massachusetts Garden, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 – © Heather Edwards/GAP Photos
As mentioned, when children are smaller, fencing off hazardous areas such as sheds or pools can protect your children from harm. As children grow older and become naturally inquisitive, fences become climbing frames, unfortunately this cannot be avoided however composite fencing is more sturdy and therefore less likely to break under the weight of a climbing child and so should be considered as an alternative to traditional wood fencing if you have children.
Dog on lawn. Ham Cottage, Sussex – © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos
If you have a lawn ensure that it is free of debris before children play on it. Especially if you have pets who may leave mess on the surface of the lawn. It is always best to check if there are any uneven parts of the lawn like bumps so that your children cannot trip over them.
Keep a good eye out
Girl playing with fallen leaves – © Paul Debois/GAP Photos
No matter how much you childproof your garden it is always important to supervise your children at all times as they can always find a way to get themselves in trouble even with childproofing.
And always teach your child about safe play and how to value the garden.
We hope that this handy guide is a useful tool in keeping your children safe in the garden so they can have fun in it and you can return to relaxing and enjoying your garden too.
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