Child-Friendly Garden Ideas Even Adults Will Love



When it comes to what children want and what adults want, it can often be difficult for them to both agree. Kids will always go for the funner options, which aren’t always the most practical. Whereas adults will try to go for something stylish and usable that is going to last for quite a while. Take gardens, for instance. Your kids will want to fill yours with cool games and play equipment, such as a jungle gym, while you will no doubt want to try and keep it as a tranquil space where you can relax after a busy day at work.




So, how are you meant to create a beautiful family garden that both kids and adults will be happy with and want to use as much as possible? Here are a few tips that should help you end this dilemma.






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Ensure Your Lawn Stays Healthy




First of all, it’s worth taking a look at your lawn. In fact, you might want to increase its size by replacing any hard paving or stones with more grass. This is a great way to improve the safety of your garden, as it will ensure that there is a soft floor for your kids to land on if they ever trip up or fall over. It’s not just kids who love playing on lawns, though - adults like them too! Ok, so adults won’t end up playing on the lawn, but they make a great area for garden furniture and are also easy to maintain. If you need some help in improving the condition of your lawn, you might want to go here to find out about lawn feed. You will just need to improve this feed to the grass to improve the overall growth of the grass.
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Stick To A Natural Theme




When it comes to adding items to your garden, it’s worth keeping things natural. You don’t always need to buy play equipment to keep kids entertained in the garden, for example. In fact, your kids will be highly amused with natural materials, such as tree stumps and stepping stones. You’ll be able to use all kinds of natural materials to make obstacle courses and mazes for the kids. At the same time, they will add some natural style to the whole garden.




Make It Sensory




It’s also a really good idea to try to create a sensory garden. This just means that you need to add different elements that will stimulate all of your children’s senses. By doing so, you will be adding various layers of interest to your garden which can help enhance the aesthetic. This is something that adults will like, as it will make the whole garden look very pretty indeed. Rustling grasses and plants with seed heads that rattle will be a great way to stimulate your children’s hearing, for example. To stimulate their sense of smell, simply add a small herb garden. You can find more great tips on creating a sensory garden online.






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Remove Poisonous And Toxic Plants




Next, it’s worth taking a look around your garden and removing any plants that could potentially be harmful to humans and pets. This is especially important if you want to let your children play outside in the garden unsupervised, as you never know what they might end up doing with some of the plants out there. Removing all the toxic ones will make the garden a whole lot safer, and you won’t have to worry about the hazard that they pose to your kids.




Add Some Zones




One top tip that many professional gardeners will recommend for a family garden is to add different zones to it. This doesn’t have to be too complicated, and you might just want to add two or three different ones. This allows you to create an area for the adults and one for the kids. Ideally, the zones should be in kind of rings, and radiate off from the house. The zone closest to the property should be the safest and it should be easy to see young children playing outside while you are inside the house. You might want to place a dining area outside, slightly further away from the house, so that the adults have their very own space in which they can relax away from the noise of the kids.



Remember Some Shade




It is imperative that there is plenty of shade in every garden, whether it is a child-friendly one or not. This is important for a variety of reasons, but it’s mainly because you will need shaded areas for in the middle of summer when it gets very hot. The shade provides some protection from the strong sun, and playing or sitting in the shade can prevent you and your children from getting sunburnt. Of course, you will still need to wear plenty of sunscreen and take further sun protection steps. There are a few different ways to create shade, such as by growing large trees or by adding a wooden canopy or sun house. Another reason why shade is so important is that it will provide plants with shade so that they don’t have to endure high temperatures and strong sunshine all day.



Add Some Garden Paths




Adding some garden paths to your garden can provide your children somewhere to ride their bikes down. If you want, it’s worth making some fun paths by snaking them through your lawn or all the way around your garden. Not only does this create more path for your kids to bike on, but it will also improve the overall aesthetics of the garden. Plus, having a solid path in the garden will mean that you don’t always have to walk over the lawn, which could get quite muddy after long periods of rain. For the perfect path, make yours using recycled paving slabs.




So, your garden doesn’t have to be better suited to either children or adults. There are plenty of ways you can make it suitable for both!