The garden should be a place where every member of the family can enjoy themselves, but all too often gardens are either too formal or too dangerous for the younger members of the family and any four-legged friends one may have, to enjoy. The good news is, it’s pretty easy to make a few simple changes that will make the garden a great place for all of you to be…
Lower Your Expectations a Little
You might have dreams of creating a beautiful formal English garden right in your backyard or creating a sparse zen garden where you can relax. Well, if you want to create a garden the whole family will love and be able to enjoy, you may need to lower your expectations a little.
That’s not to say that you can’t have your dream, but it might have to make up just one part of the garden, instead of its entirety, which brings us to…
Creating several different distinct zones is one of the easiest ways to create a family garden for all. Why? Because it means that the kids can have a place to play where they won’t constantly be on edge about ruining your roses, you can have your rose garden, the dog can have a spot of his own to chew toys and bask in the sun, and the resident barbecue expert can have his or her space for cooking and entertaining – everyone wins.
If it’s going to be a family garden, then it needs to be a safe space for all of you, which means you might want to replace paving stones with astroturf and in the kid’s play area, as well as setting up swings and slides, you might also want to hire playground flooring installers to create a safe, colorful space for them to play. They’ll love it, and you’ll be less worried about them bounding around.
Choose Robust Plants
Choosing plants and flowers that are a little more robust is a very good idea in a family garden because, as I’m sure you know, the kids will hit balls into them, the pets will trample them (so will the kids) and you’ll have a constant battle on your hands if most of your garden is made up of delicate blooms. This is a good resource for such plants. Try to keep the majority of your plants and flowers on the periphery, where they’ll look good without getting i the way too.
Install a Sturdy Fence
It’s important to have a sturdy fence that locks into place and can’t be easily circumnavigated by pets or children who fancy themselves as mini little Houdinis. Hiring a proper fence installer is the best way to ensure that you create a safe boundary around your garden. Then, you won’t have to worry about watching them like a hawk every minute they’re outdoors.
Good Outdoor Furniture
Finally, you’re going to want to invest in a table and chairs that are designed to withstand the most trying of outdoor conditions, so that you can all get together and enjoy some of your time outdoors together.
Have fun in your family garden – it’s a great way to bond and keep fit and healthy!