Is your garden family-friendly? Is it a space which has areas for the kids where they can enjoy rough and tumble play, together with areas where the adults can sit back and relax? A family-friend garden haven is an outdoor space where all members of the family can enjoy spending time, either together or in their own special area. For a child, the garden is a place where they can let off steam, have fun with friends, play games, and maybe even play ball with the dog. Adults, on the other hand, have a slightly different view of what a garden should be, and the difficulty comes with trying to fit everything each family member all into the space you have. Here are some tips that will make it a little easier.
Try and Keep it as Natural as Possible
The aim is not for a formal garden, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money on expensive play equipment. Let your imagination go wild and create play areas using natural materials. Tree stumps, for example, make great seating areas or part of an obstacle course. Rather than a formal pathway, using stepping stones for more interest.
Nothing beats grass for playing on. It is the softest of surfaces for rough and tumble games, great for just lying around and the perfect pitch for ballgames. Around the lawn area, choose plants that are easy to maintain and shrubs that will be able to deal with a bit of trampling.
Don’t just choose plants that look nice; go for a range of different plants that will stimulate everyone’s senses. Choose bright flowers such as marigolds, sunflowers or Swiss chard for sight. Add grasses and seed heads that rattle and rustle for sound, along with mint, rosemary, basil and a range of other herbs for the smell. For the sense of touch, you can look for plants with downy leaves such as sage. As well as plants in this part of the garden, why not install a garden pond? The wildlife will love it, and your kids will appreciate being a little closer to nature. To help you create the perfect pond, Water-garden.co.uk can supply everything you need.
A trampoline will keep your kids entertained for hours on end, but they can be rather overbearing in a small garden. Why not sink it into the lawn for a less overpowering option? It also makes it much safer as it is less likely to blow over and the kids won’t keep falling off.
The summer holidays are already underway, and there are several more school holidays before the year is over. Spend some time making your garden family-friendly, and you can all enjoy spending time together outdoors. Give your kids a decent bit of the garden and let them enjoy it while they’re young. It won’t be long before their tastes change, and you can look at redesigning the garden with their changing needs in mind. As time progresses, just like the interior of your home, the garden can grow with them.