Tips for Creating a Kid-friendly Garden Space

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Your garden should be an extension of your outdoor space. It should be a place where you can while away the hours having a good time with good friends and family. If you have kids, that can be tricky. They think that the garden is their own personal playground, which can make adult-time in the garden difficult if not impossible.

Fortunately, it is possible, with a little bit of hard work, to create a garden that is both kid-friendly and great for the adults too. Here’s how:

Something for Everyone

The key to creating a kid-friendly garden that the adults can enjoy too is ensuring that there is something for everyone in the space. The easiest way to achieve this is by creating zones. Section off part of the garden just for the kids and fill it with sand pits, paddling pools, a jungle gym and perhaps even a tent for them to hang out in and they won’t stray into the rest of the garden.

That means that you’ll be free to create your own adult seating and dining areas. If you want to, you’ll also be able to erect water features and perhaps even a pond. If you do decide to add water features, it’s important that you fence them off from the kids, so that they can only access them when supervised. It’s also important that you take good care of your pond, getting rid of blanket weed, keeping the water clean and looking after any plants of animals in the pond. It might seem like a lot of work, but it really isn’t and it’s so worth it.

A Family Seating Area

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Of course, there are going to be times when you want all of the family to gather together, which means one of your garden zones should be a family seating area, filled with tables, wicker chairs and perhaps a kiddie table and chairs for the little ones.

Plant Trees

If you want to have greenery in your garden that won’t get wrecked by runaway footballs or little feet, planting cherry blossom or apple trees is a good option. It’ll add some color, and the kids will enjoy watching nesting birds, building a treehouse and swinging from the branches.

Lockable Gates

If your aim is to create a kid-friendly garden, you absolutely must think about installing lockable gates. These can be used to stop children getting out onto the street, stop them from going to the pond or pool unsupervised and keep them out of any zones where you have decided to plant delicate plants and flowers.

Erect a Gazebo

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If you all want to spend as much time in the garden as possible, installing a gazebo can be good. It will help you to keep the kids protected from the heat of the sun when it’s at its hottest and ensure that they can still play outdoors if there’s a shower. Being outdoors as much as possible is great for everyone’s health, so whatever you can do to encourage that can only be a good thing.

Does your family have a lot of fun in the garden? How have you divided up the space?

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