How to childproof your garden by Timco Wood

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:

Tools

Garden tools including dibbers hanging from painted wooden pegs in the potting shed - © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

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.

Plants

Laburnum x watereri 'Vossii' - Voss's Laburnum - © Richard Bloom/GAP Photos

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.

Fencing

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

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.

Lawns

Dog on lawn. Ham Cottage, Sussex - © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

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

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.

Timco Wood

Timco Wood

Timco Wood is a UK based company which produces environmentally friendly composite wood products that are FSC® certified and fully recyclable. The range includes decking, fencing and  cladding to provide durable and sustainable additions to any garden area.

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