When couples decide to grow their families, usually that means buying a home. With the home buying process being as stressful as it is, and the pressure of a new baby on the way there is an endless list of things to think about. An important thing many forget to do in their new home is to child proof the backyard.
In order to tackle the backyard, you need to take into account what your family’s needs will be. If you are planning for a large family, think swing set, pool, and tree houses. If your children are already older, you can think about adding things like fire pits and horseshoe pits that may present a hazard to younger children.
Once you have a good idea of what you need and want for your backyard, scan the yard for the already implemented areas and remove any hazards. Children need space to run and move freely, think open concept area. Look for plants that may be poisonous to children and pets, children tend to put anything in their mouth so don’t risk leaving a poisonous bush that produces beautiful berries.
Here are some ideas for kid friendly spaces:
- Hidden sandbox or open sand area
- Fencing around pool with lock
- Removable or fold up ladder for pool
- Tree House (with adult supervision)
- Trampoline for older children (with adult supervision)
- Keep lawn regularly mowed to reduce tick exposure
- Remove prickly rose bushes and poison ivy from the area
- Consider fire pits once children are old enough
- Vegetable garden for introducing children to nature
You’d do anything to protect your children in and around the home. Taking the time out to make your backyard childproof and child-friendly will let you rest easy and enjoy your backyard with your family. Call us today and we will help you to create a child proof backyard that everyone can enjoy.