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You don’t want your children cooped up in the house all day, you want them to be out in your yard enjoying Mother Nature.
Make Your Yard Child-Friendly
Unfortunately, your kids aren’t going to want to step foot outside if your outdoor space doesn’t stimulate them. What’s more, you aren’t going to want to let them out into your yard is the area isn’t safe. If your kids are going to go outside and play in your yard, you need to ensure that the space is safe and fun.
For advice on how to make your yard child-friendly, be sure to read on.
Ensure your yard is safe
If you want to be able to leave your children to their own devices while they’re outside having fun in your yard, then you need to ensure that the space is safe. If you don’t, any kind of danger could befall your kids while your back is turned.
To transform your yard into a space that your children can play safely in, you should:
Remove inedible fruit
Your kids won’t know the difference between an edible piece of fruit and an inedible one. To ensure that your children aren’t ever allowed to pick up and eat something that is going to make them sick, you should conduct regular sweeps of your yard in search of inedible fruit. You might also want to ask your neighbours to prune back their fruit trees if the branches overhang into your yard.
You don’t want a swarm of wasps buzzing around your kids, which is why you should seek to discourage them in your yard at all costs. This can be achieved by removing rotting fruit from your yard, ensuring that food is never left outside, and by keeping a lid on your compost pile. If you are ever stricken by a wasp infestation, it’s essential that you call in an expert like Moxie Pest Control to come in and sort the situation out for you. Click here to find out more about the efficient and effective wasp control service that they offer.
Keep your plants child-friendly
Plants might look pretty, but some species can pose a danger to your kids. Particularly prickly plants can hurt when touched, some vines might dangle too low and thus become a choking hazard, and some plants might harbour dangerous insects. To protect your kids in this instance, you should resolve to buy plants that are child-friendly and not at all dangerous.
Make your yard fun
You aren’t going to encourage your children to get out and enjoy your yard if there’s nothing about the space that is fun or entertaining. Why would they want to stand outside and be bored when they can play with all their toys and video games indoors?
Fear not, as making your yard fun for the kids doesn’t necessarily have to mean transforming the space into a playpen. There are ways to make the space more entertaining and retain the aesthetic appeal of your yard. Here are a few ways to do just that:
- Camouflage a sandbox within a planting bed
- Lie fallen logs on the ground (they look great in naturalistic yards and they’re safer for your kids to climb than trees are)
- Make use of vertical space by building a climbing wall for your kids
- Build in storage for your kids’ outdoor toys and equipment