Many of us spent a lot of time in our backyards as children. We made some of our best mud pies, fought monsters, and climbed trees. The memories of our childhood backyard’s will probably never leave us. However, once we have kids we are reminded, once again, just how important the backyard can be. As parents, we are commissioned with the job of creating a space that’s not only fun for our children but safe as well.
Fencing is a Necessity
If your backyard is undefined and lacks fencing to keep animals and people out, it’s your job to change this. A fence provides some level of protection and clearly creates a divider that defines your property. You can use a wooden fence if you want privacy or cyclone wire fencing. It doesn’t matter. It’s just important to create a barrier around your property to keep unwanted dogs, people, etc off of your property.
Correct Any Safety Issues
If your yard is filled with slopes, hills, and holes you’re begging for an accident to take place that may involve you and your children. Make sure your yard doesn’t have deep holes that could create stumbling hazards. It’s also a good idea to level out any areas that may be too steep. A few inclines are usually harmless but a yard filled with uneven landscaping is not safe.
Decide on a Playscape
This is an area that will require input from your children. Ask them what they’d like in terms of play equipment. Once you get their input, choose a few pieces that don’t overwhelm your yard. Keep in mind that whatever you choose must fit within the space you have to work with. As a result, that 10-foot slide may not be a good idea if you have a tiny yard.
Leave Room for Imagination
There should be space in your yard for your children and pets to run around. This is good for children because they can pretend and play and Fido has room to move about as well. Free play is extremely healthy for your children because it stimulates creativity.
It doesn’t take much to create a safe and fun backyard. Make sure your yard is fenced and that any safety issues have been handled before you add a playscape or any other accessories. It’s also a good idea to consider the space you’re working with before deciding to purchase a playscape that might overwhelm your yard. Do your homework. Before you know it, your kids will be making memories just like you did.