This is a collaborative post.
As the summer is just around the corner, it’s time to bring that BBQ out! And it’s also time to assess your garden and see what needs to be fixed up, prepared and laid out in time for guests to arrive. More importantly, you should be looking at ways to keep your garden child friendly and safe for them to roam around in at any hour of the day.
In this guide from a building merchant in New Malden, we look at ways you can child proof your garden this summer.
Factor in future garden improvements
If you’re looking at changing up anything in your garden for the summer, then keep your kids in mind when planning it out. If you’re considering steps but instance, how can you keep your child safe from any trips and falls if they come across steps? What about high ledges? Think about who will be using your garden and how it can be used to its fullest potential even when your children are involved.
Swap out grass for astroturf
Astroturf is easier to clean, can be maintained throughout the whole year with no real change to the garden and avoids the stress of handling overgrowth. It’s also a great idea for children as they can’t directly damage the grass as much. Astroturf is safer and can remove the risk of any serious injuries happening or grass grazes.
Gate off areas of risk
If you’re getting work done in your garden then your child can inadvertently bring themselves into harm’s way. Cordon off any areas that look risky for your child, like sharp edges and big drops or areas where your child can slip and fall, or other ways they can seriously hurt themselves. Show your child that they can’t access these areas until work is complete – give them another area of the garden they can frequent in the meantime.
Store those tools in the shed
Remove those sharp tools and big electrics or machinery away from your child’s reach. They’re going to be very curious and keen to explore what you use in the garden each time you head out, which is why it’s important to keep them away from them and explain why they can’t use or touch them. Make them aware of how dangerous they can be and keep them locked away in a shed or another area where your child can’t reach.