If you’re a parent and have a home with a yard, then you know that there are plenty of ways that your kids can get into situations with your surrounding landscaping. There are things that can break, things to trip over, branches with thorns, bushes that have tasty-looking berries that will still make you sick, and a host of other things just waiting to become altercations with your children.
So, five aspects of your lawn to pay attention to might include organic lawn care, injury-free decorations and ornamentation, being smart about watering systems, planting non-poisonous bushes and shrubs, and using easy-to-trim designs to keep your workload down during the growing months.
Organic Lawn Care
There are lots of lawn care options when it comes to take care of your grass and such, but if you have kids, you’re going to want to avoid chemicals as much as possible. To be totally happy with your children running around, playing in the grass, and digging in the dirt with hands and feet, the fewer ingredients and chemicals in your lawn care system, the better.
There are a few common landscaping decorations that are all well and good if it’s just going to be adults in an area, but when you have younger children, there are a few that have the potential to cause injury or breakage if not careful. For example, if you buy a lawn mirrorball, a curious toddler can potentially push the ball right off of its stand and it can shatter quite easily. Garden gnomes with sharp edges might be another set of lawn ornamentation to avoid if you have little fingers that go exploring.
If you’ve invested in a lawn watering system, that can have an interesting effect on kids that run around and trip on them in your backyard. There have been lots of broken toes and trips and falls by unwary kids with the metal and plastic heads hidden in tall grass, so be aware of that danger.
Non-Poisonous Bushes, Shrubs, and Trees
And there are lots of great-looking bushes that have some not-so-great tasting berries that they grow on their branches occasionally. Unless you want to have poison control on speed dial, it’s best to avoid planting of having those bushes if you have children in the wrong age range to understand the danger.
Easy To Trim Designs
And if you don’t want to spend your entire spring and summer string trimming and hand trimming detailed parts of your landscaping instead of playing with your kids, it’s best to keep your yard easy to maintain. Space things out, and don’t add overly complicated designs unless you plan on spending the time to keep it good looking.
Originally posted on May 4, 2016 @ 8:35 am