Spring is here, and I’m here to talk about creating a family-friendly garden!
We are currently going through our garden renovations and we are beside ourselves with excitement.
Spring means we’re all enjoying a little more sunshine! Spotting pops of colour here and there and looking ahead to those long summer days spent in the garden.
Whether you have your eye set on a new paddling pool for the kids, or you intend to up your BBQ game, there’s nothing more exciting than planning a summer of fun, family, and sunshine.
But, if your garden is looking a little worse for wear like ours, then your spring and summer antics might not be as family-friendly as you’d hoped.
Dangerous ponds and water features, uneven paving stones and damaged fences. Toxic plants, overgrown foliage anyone?
If your garden needs a little TLC then there’s some work to be done before you can make the most of your outdoor space.
Read On To Discover My 4 Top Tips For Creating A Family-Friendly Garden
Tip 1: outdoor lighting
LED garden lighting is incredibly popular, simply because of its hardwearing, decorative, and highly functional features.
In terms of practicality, when you install LED garden lighting you can easily illuminate your outdoor space.
This means you can continue to enjoy your garden long into those warm, summer evenings. Bliss!
Outdoor LEDs mean waterproof capabilities, integrate sensors and timers, even specific colour tones, meaning you can customise your entire garden space.
They’re also a perfect way to increase the security and the kerb appeal of your home.
Tip 2: focus on removing potential hazards for a family-friendly garden
Your garden might be a work in progress, but to keep it functional you need to make it safe by removing any potential hazards.
Ponds and open water, no matter how deep, are inherently dangerous.
You should also investigate any unknown or unfamiliar plants in your garden as these could be toxic to your children or pets.
If you want to update your garden to include some new plants and shrubs, do your research first.
Tip 3: include a covered space
Whether you’re taking a break from the sunshine or shelter from the (inevitable) rain, develop a covered space in your garden that everyone can make use of.
You could keep things traditional with a large parasol and bring the indoors outside with some large garden sofas and chairs.
Or think outside the box and add a summer house? Or make use of a shaded area and hang hammocks, beanbags and outdoor cushions!
Sounds amazing, even if I do say so myself!
Tip 4: think storage
If you have a family garden, you have more than your gardening tools and lawnmower to think about.
Garden toys, sandpits, balls, hula-hoops and skipping ropes are all garden toys that will keep your kids entertained for hours.
But to keep your garden tidy and their toys lasting a little longer, you need to allocate some storage.
Garden seat storage is a simple, yet effective option or adding some purpose-built containers can encourage your kids to tidy up after themselves and keep your family garden clutter-free.
It also means you’re less likely to run over their plastic toys with your lawnmower!