Time out in the garden with your family is precious, and it’s particularly enjoyable in the summer months when the weather’s good. But if you’re going to spend time out there with small children and pets, you’ll want to make sure that the garden is as safe as it can be. We’re going to talk today about how you can make that happen, so read on.
A fence around your garden can offer privacy, confine kids and pets to the space that has been set aside for them, and keep them from getting lost or hurt if they wander off. The best defence is a strong, high fence; however, you might want to add a gate that can be locked for more security.
By selecting non-toxic plants for your garden, you can lower the chance that people or animals will become accidentally poisoned or experience skin irritation or other health issues. Consult the ASPCA website for a detailed list of toxic and non-toxic plants and do some research on safe plants. Label the plants in your garden as well to make it easier to determine which ones are safe and which ones you should avoid.
Make sure that there are no obstructions, trip hazards, or sharp edges on any of the pathways or walkways in your garden. Make sure the pathways are well-lit, trim any overgrown vegetation, clear away any loose stones or debris, and remove any loose objects from the ground. You might also want to hire a tree surgeon to remove unsafe and overhanging branches.
Safe Tool Storage
When not in use, store all garden tools and equipment safely, preferably in a locked shed or garage. This will avoid accidents, cuts, and injuries, particularly for young children who might be curious about the tools. Make sure to lock away and keep out of reach any potentially hazardous tools, such as chainsaws and hedge trimmers.
Your garden needs adequate lighting for both safety and aesthetic reasons. Consider adding low-level lighting to your garden’s paths, walkways, and other areas as well as motion-sensor lights. This will lessen the likelihood of falls and make navigating the garden in the evenings easier.
Especially during the hottest times of the day, make sure your garden has plenty of shade. Make sure there are plenty of seating options for everyone to unwind in the shade and install shade sails or set up umbrellas to provide coverage. This will aid in avoiding heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion, sunburn, and others.
Teach your kids the fundamental safety precautions for the garden, such as not touching any potentially dangerous plants and always wearing sunscreen. Encourage them to participate in safe play and gardening tasks that are suitable for their age.
By following these instructions, you can make a garden for your family that is not only lovely but also secure and enjoyable. Your garden can be a cherished gathering spot for years to come, whether you are growing vegetables, and flowers, or just enjoying the outdoors.