Top tips for creating a family friendly garden
We’ve really enjoyed spending time in our new garden at The Barn lately – what lovely sunny weather we’ve had over the past couple of weeks! With the bitterly cold trappings of winter behind us (hopefully), we can all finally look forward to summer and start to make the most of our gardens. From fun family barbecues to playful weekends with the kids, there are lots of reasons and occasions to enjoy the fresh air just outside our back doors.
Those of us with small children know the tricky balancing act of trying to make sure the garden allows our little ones to run around and have fun – my two just love spending time on the swings and slide – but also looks good enough to invite friends and family over for afternoon get-togethers in the sun, right?
So, thanks to some fab inspiration and support from the team at Tesco here are some top tips for how to create the perfect multi-purpose, family friendly garden.
#1 Take advantage of height
This piece of advice is great if you have a smaller garden, because the sky is quite literally the limit when working with height. Raising your beds above ground level will ensure your kids and pets don’t damage blooming flowers or sprouting vegetables.
Think about using creepers and trailers on garden fences or the side of your house. Window boxes and hanging baskets can make a garden look much more attractive as well and, crucially, will be out of reach of little hands.
#2 Divide your garden into sections
If you compartmentalise your garden and divide it into sections, you can give kids their own area to run riot but also have other spaces for hosting barbecues or growing plants.
When it comes to furnishing your kids’ play area, think about items that will stand the test of time such as sand pits, which can be converted into a flowerbed or paddling pool at a later date.
#3 Don’t underestimate the importance of storage
If you look out to your garden and all you see are toys strewn over the lawn *ahem*, you probably won’t feel like spending much time there. So, make sure you have somewhere to store and organise all of the kids’ belongings and playthings.
The same goes for garden tools, which can be dangerous if little people can get their hands on them. Sheds provide great storage and come in all shapes, sizes and styles too, so you’ll no doubt find one that suits your needs.
#4 Be aware of ongoing maintenance
Even though bright flowers and a beautifully manicured lawn will add to your garden’s ‘wow’ factor, remember they need to be maintained and looked after.
Kids have a habit of making a mess in the garden too, so think carefully about how much time and effort you’re willing and able to spend on regular upkeep. Artificial grass and bark-filled beds might be the answer – although I think this would break the Little Man’s heart as he’s taken quite a shine to our ride-on mower!
Whatever the size of your garden follow these tips and you should end up with a lovely yet practical outside space the whole family can benefit from, just in time for summer too!