Gardens can be a wonderful place to spend time in lovely weather but they can be a hazardous place, especially for children – so we’ve put together 5 suggestions to help make your garden kid friendly.
First and foremost is to have a contained secure garden. Make sure the fences are sturdy and there is no routes for escape. If you have a garden gate, make sure this is bolted or locked out of reach. If you have any walls bordering your garden make sure they are of sound nature, and not crumbling or wobbling. Keep paths maintained and watch out for cracks or wobbly slabs, keep them clear of plants and brambles to ensure children aren’t snagged as they walk past and try to avoid having any prickly bushes altogether if you can. Make sure you are aware of poisonous plants and ensure your garden is free from them and any berries that aren’t for eating are chopped out of reach or taken out, they will look pretty inviting to a small child! It is best not to have a pond at all but if you do and you wish to keep it, for a small pond – netting or wire across the top securely should keep it safe or fence it in.
Make sure any gardening equipment is stored safely and locked away in a outbuilding or shed. Yearly checks should be made to sheds and to check condition and re-stain. If your a keen gardener and have a greenhouse, consider replacing the glass panels with Acrylic or Polycarbonate glazing to avoid any accidents or football related breakages!
Make sure that chemicals, such as weed or insect killer, paints and wood preservers are also locked away, and that children are not in the vicinity when they are used. Ensure that children do not play near sprayed plants either, as they may touch them and transfer some of the chemicals into their mouths or eyes.
It’s always great to have a BBQ but obviously supervision is key around the BBQ. It’s also advisable to use plastic cutlery, plates and cups rather than glass and china – they is usually a great range to choose from and they can double up use for camping trips!
Always follow manufacturers instruction and don’t put climbing equipment or playhouses near concreted areas or too near walls, fences, or large bushes, as these may be fallen against or into. You could always buy play surface to lay in your garden as well, which reduce the risks of muddy, slippery ground.
We hope this has given you some tips in preparation for the Spring