If you have kids, then having a garden is almost essential. It's so helpful to have an outdoor area where they can run around and play to their heart's content. It stops them from running around indoors and messing up your home, but there's one slight issue. Gardens can sometimes be unsafe for kids in the sense that it's easy for them to hurt themselves or have an accident. So, here are some simple solutions to make your garden safer for children:
Keep it maintained
Yes, maintaining your garden will help you make a safer place for your kids. Firstly, you can help to remove any debris - like rocks or slippery leaves - that could cause your child to trip over and injure themselves. Secondly, you can trim down or remove things like stinging nettles or thorns that could also harm your child. When left unmaintained, your garden can easily overgrow and become a hazard pit. Even weeds are potentially dangerous as they can grow to be quite tough and thick, possibly tripping your child over! Oh, and as a bonus, maintaining your garden will increase your property's value, which is always a great incentive to do anything.
Switch to artificial grass
Natural grass is great as it looks fantastic, smells amazing, and just brings your garden together. Unfortunately, it can be quite dangerous if your child falls over on it. Under the grass, there will be hard ground, which can cause bruises and scrapes with relative ease. Especially in the hot months where the sun dries out the soil and makes it super hard. With synthetic grass, you have a safer option that's softer and provides more cushioning when your child falls over. Also, it will provide a more even surface for them to play on, so the chances of them falling over will decrease as well.
Avoid dangerous garden features
Where possible, avoid installing garden features that could be deemed dangerous. A couple that spring to mind include swimming pools and water features. Both of these involve water, so you instantly get the slip and fall dangers with them. Also, depending on the water feature, you could have a drowning risk with both. If you don't have them in your garden, you don't have the injury risks associated with them. As such, you may also want to consider avoiding things like a patio or paving stones in the garden. The concrete just makes things slightly more hazardous - perhaps you should wait until your kids are older before installing anything like this?
It really is a case of keeping your garden in a well-maintained state, then removing any potential obstacles or things that could cause your child harm. Of course, part of the work falls on your shoulders to actually look after your kids and make sure they don't do anything that could put themselves in danger! But, if you want to learn how to make a safer garden, the points above will set you on the way to achieving just that.