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Three Tips for Child-Friendly Landscape Designs

Early spring landscaping

Landscaping when you don’t have children is sometimes an entirely different playing field from landscaping when you do have children, especially if you have kids that love to play around outside and aren’t likely to listen to admonitions of, “Don’t step in the garden!”

It’s not impossible to have kids and a beautiful landscape at the same time. If you want to impress neighbors and friends with your beautiful greenery, you don’t need to resort to leaving anyone at the orphanage this spring. How can you get the child-appropriate backyard of your dreams? Here are three tips for keeping kids in mind for your landscaping designs.

1. Get Kids Involved Directly With the Landscaping Process

If you want to teach kids to respect delicate plants that can be easily crushed by trampling feet, your best bet is to keep them involved with the process of actually situating your plants and garden components. When children feel like they’ve been a part of “raising” a young plant, they’re less likely to treat it with no more care than a blade of grass. This is also a good route to take if you’re growing vegetables, so that they end up on dinner plates rather than used as makeshift dodgeballs.

2. Keep Play Areas Safe for Children

If you are planning out a play area for kids, using playground mulch to create a softer surface for falls is a good idea. Left alone, children’s play areas, when not mulched, can often become muddy, especially after a rain. This leads to injuries through slips and falls — not to mention many dirty shirts. Colorful landscaping mulch has the added benefit of keeping moisture in the ground for your plants, and reducing the number of weeds that start growing in your garden or swing set area.

3. Aim for Landscaping That is Both Eye-Pleasing, and Play-Worthy

HGTV says that crafting a dry creekbed is a good idea for making an area that is both child-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. Landscaping rocks can serve as pretend rivers and moats while also complementing your yard. For young children, ponds are not a good landscaping idea. Not only do they present a drowning risk, but they can also be very tempting for throwing in sticks, leaves and rocks.

Will you use playground mulch as part of your child-friendly landscaping? Let us know in the comments. Read more blogs like this.

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