The spring is here and the birds are in the air. So what better time to get out into your garden and start planting a mix of your favorite tres, seeds, and buds. Hanging up your bird feeder and laying down that beautiful rock trail. But there is one problem. Your two-year-old is standing there trying to help and you remember you need to make your yard a lot safer. Well, this contributed post will show you some garden safety for kids that will help you childproof your garden and allow you to still enjoy those beautiful flowers this year.

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If you have young kids, then you will already know that as soon as they know how to walk, they will be off discovering as much as they can. While this is a very funny and exciting time for both you and your baby, it can also be slightly nerve-wracking because you tend to realize that everything is a danger to your little one. What if they slip? Or fall? Or choke? These are all things that will be running through your mind – for good reason. But it’s also important that you don’t end up wrapping your child up in bubble wrap because you’re far too scared of something going wrong.

It’s not always necessarily about keeping them out of arm’s reach from any possible danger. It’s about guiding them in the right direction. Take your garden for example. There are many things that could be considered dangerous, but it’s how you go about it that will make a difference.

Here’s how.

 

Protect the border      

It should always be your concern to protect your garden from the outside world, regardless of whether you have children or not. You should have fences built to ensure that nothing or no one can get in, as well as no little kiddies being able to get out. Once this is done, it’s always a good idea to add some fast growing hedges around that too, as this will almost be a second form of protection, while making your garden look more appealing by covering those metal or wooden posts. It will also be a softer landing if ever your child fell over.

 

Kiddy area

Assign a specific area in your garden that is for your child to play in. That way they won’t be as tempted to pick out your pretty flowers and greenery because they already have a section to play in that is way more fun. You can section off the area with some soft low wood, and even have the option of a sandpit, or a little bit of soil where they can plant their own seeds and look after the flowers that they manage to grow. It’s great to get your child involved in activities like this as they will take certain skills away that will help them in the future.

 

Lock it away

If you know you have sharp tools lying around that you use to manage your garden with, as well as any chemicals that you may have used to kill weeds or vanish the decking, it is so important that you move them way out of reach from your child, and make sure that they are in something that can be locked. While we know that they are dangerous, your child may want to investigate by themselves by putting it in their mouth, and this could essentially be life-threatening. So don’t ever take the risk.

Now you know the basics you can stop worrying so much about the safety of your child, as it is only your garden after all.

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Conclusion

Your garden is supposed to be your oasis. The place you go to when you need some R&R. It is a great place to relieve stress after a long day of work. Gardening is also a great way to get exercise and help you burn some extra calories. You don’t need any extra equipment besides the clothes on your back and the tools in your hands.

But when you have small children it is always necessary to make sure you make sure areas in your home are safe for their entry and if you do not want them to gain entry to those areas you must take extra precautions. 

Gardening is also an activity that is great for your children but this is not something you can teach a two-year-old so having a designated area is your best start. I love that your child can have their own space and safely watch you from a distance. 

Having a garden encourages healthy eating for your whole family and showing this to your child at a young age will build a foundation for the rest of their life. 

There are many different storage items you can use to store your gardening tools to keep dangerous tools away from your young children. It is recommended to never use water features when you have young children, no matter how small the amount of water will be. 

The yard is for everyone to enjoy but the garden may be your own little place. But by taking these precautions you and your children can all share the yard safely.

So which of these tips will be most useful to you this year? Do you plan on doing anything to make your garden safer?

Please feel free to share your experiences below!

 

 

8 thoughts on “Garden Safety for Kids – Childproofing Your Garden for Spring”

  1. Nice tips Melissa, I plan on raising a garden this year, but I don’t have to worry about the children in my garden. I have to keep the animals out. Back to the children, it would be to keep them out because they would be pulling up the plants and trying to eat them.

    1. Hi Fred,
      Keeping animals out of your garden can sometimes take a lot of effort. I have bunnies in my yard and I can’t imagine them eating my garden after all of my efforts. But I like watching the bunnies run around my yard so that is my garden I guess hehe. Thanks for your comment!

  2. I gardened with my grandmother from a very young age until her passing in my teens. it was probably the highlight of my childhood. I never thought about it in terms of her making choices for me to stay safe (from the equipment or sharp things or chemicals). Just another thing she had to balance and think about, I appreciate her so much more even in retrospect!

    1. Hi Penelope,
      My grandparents too taught me a lot about gardening from a young age. I think a lot of the older generation took the time to prepare their children and grandchildren for things like this and probably put much more consideration into those things and I too appreciate them for how much they were able to accomplish. I only hope I will be able to do the same for my children. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Garden is one of the best places for kids to explore the nature, their creativity and imagination. Kids love playing in garden and love to participate in its care like they see their parents doing, so, getting them involved with all the gardening process but I agree with you that first priority to think of is their safety. Thank you for raising awareness for this, a great read from you as always.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      That is a very great point, gardening is a great place for children to learn about nature, creativity, and imagination, but it is our responsibility as parents to make sure our children are safe. Just because they are in our yard doesn’t mean there aren’t dangers lurking. I am glad you see the usefulness of this article.

  4. Love it! As a soon to be mom that LOVES gardening this was extremely helpful! You are absolutely correct about having some type of border around the area and making sure your child knows which space is okay to be in and which is not! Great article!

    1. Hi Cassandra,
      Children are very curious and pretty flowers are something to peek anyone’s interest but our little ones like to touch and chew. So keeping items out of reach is very important. I am glad you found the article useful and thanks for the comment!

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