As travel is off the cards for some of us this year, many of us will be spending more time in our gardens over the summer months. Hopefully, the sun will shine long enough for us to have as much time as we can outside, but we do, of course, need to ensure our gardens are safe.
To get your garden ready for the summer, you might want to concentrate on some of the following safety aspects.
#1: Check your plants
If you’re a keen gardener, you probably have more than a few plants growing in your garden. This is great news, as you will have much to enjoy when you’re sitting outside. However, there are some plants that are potentially harmful to both children and dogs, especially when they are touched or ingested. You don’t necessarily need to cut these plants away, but you should put a wooden or wired border around them to protect any family member who might be tempted to go near.
Check out this guide to poisonous plants and then do what is necessary if any of them are growing in your garden.
#2: Set a designated play area
Some elements of your garden could be hazardous if used as a play area. We are thinking of those poisonous plants again, as well as pond areas, and those spaces in your garden that are hard and bumpy. Dangers can be reduced by fencing off harmful areas, but it’s still wise to instruct your children where they can and can’t play. You can reduce the risk of harm by purchasing rubber garden mats that can be placed beneath play equipment. You might also consider the softer benefits of artificial grass when deciding where your children should play. Click here to have a closer look.
#3: Check your boundaries
If you have young children who love to explore and wander, you really do need to check your boundaries. If there are gaps in your fencing or hedgerows, your little ones could easily escape, so fix any gaps with chicken wire or similar to make sure nobody pulls a Steve McQueen and replicates The Great Escape. If your garden is surrounded by walls, you should also check their stability. Older walls have a tendency to crumble, and they have been known to collapse, so call somebody out to make the necessary repairs if you suspect your walls are less than safe.
#4: Keep a tidy garden
We’re talking about you here and not your children, as they are unlikely to bring anything hazardous outside. Their footballs and Barbie dolls are hardly likely to cause a health and safety hazard, but your power tools, weed killer cans, and sharp garden implements could. When you have used whatever you are using to keep your garden in shape, tidy them away immediately. In the wrong hands, they could cause an injury or worse, so be diligent in your cleanups. You can also reduce harm by negating the need to bring out your chemical weed killers, as you could implement natural ways to kill the weeds in your garden.
These are just a few of the ways to put safety first in your family garden but commit to a risk assessment, as there could be other dangers in your garden that need to be dealt with.