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With the school holidays now underway, there’s no better time than now to make sure your garden is child-friendly. You have probably already dealt with some of the more obvious measures, like removing toxic plants, fencing off the pond and locking away any pesticides and other chemicals, but there are lots of other things you can do to ensure your kids are safe and sound whilst playing outside this summer.

When cleaning your garden decking, be sure to keep your little ones out of the way because it can become extremely slippery when wet and cause an accident. It’s also important to check the decking regularly to ensure the boards, joists and balustrading are all still intact and haven’t suffered any damage over the winter months. If any of the screws have come loose, your decking may fall apart beneath your feet which can be dangerous for the whole family, not just the kids.

Instead of decking, you could think about installing artificial grass in your garden. This is great for parents of young children because not only is it low maintenance, it also means you won’t have any mud brought into your house when the kids have been playing out.

Be sure to check the fence panels closely and fix or replace any that have become damaged. After all, you don’t want your little ones to go exploring through a hole in the fence. Generally speaking, it would be wise to check your entire garden for any hazards, not just the fence and decking. Keeping on top of maintenance and repairs will ensure your children stay safe whilst playing in the garden.

Storing your garden tools away in the locked shed is a great place to start and nothing can replace adult supervision, but the above tips should really help you child-proof your garden.

Michelle

15 comments

  1. These are some great tips - I try to make sure my garden is always safe for the kids.

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  2. Great reminder about fence panels, I don't even know how they come loose over time but they do. By the way, your fence is lovely!

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  3. Some really useful tips here for both home and Grandparents gardens!

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  4. I really want artificial grass in our garden, we live in a terrace so dragging the lawnmower through the house is a pain

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  5. Excellent ideas - our greenhouse always worries me as it's glass!
    Margaret Gallagher

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  6. I like the artificial grass idea and I think it would work even for kids over 12 years old. It's such low maintenance

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  7. I have artificial grass - can't recommend it enough, so soft under the kids feet and looks great all year round.

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  8. Super tips, these! We have a bit of a wild garden - it could really do with some fencing!

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  9. Great tips - I do prefer real grass though, despite the muddy footprints

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  10. Very helpful, so important to get the garden in order for the children to play in over the summer

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  11. Not at this stage yet so making notes for the future!

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  12. Some fabulous tips here, thanks for sharing!

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  13. Some good tips, im not a fan of artificial grass

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  14. Fantastic, the garden is a nice place to play & relax too. Your garden is great! XX

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