It can be difficult to strike the perfect balance between creating a garden that the children can enjoy and one that is a relaxing haven for the adults to spend some downtime in after a hectic week at work. If you have no experience in landscaping or garden design, it can be difficult to know where to start and how to make the most of the space available.
A family-friendly garden doesn’t necessarily mean that the space has to be filled with children’s toys. Rather, it can simply be an extension of the home where the entire family can come together and enjoy one another’s company.
Read this blog for some useful tips on how to create a family-friendly garden:
Put zones in place
To create a garden that works for everyone, it would be a good idea to put zones in place to section off different areas of the space for various uses. For example, you could install a playpen in one section nearby to the house, so that you can keep an eye on the children while you’re indoors and they play outside. A vegetable plot could be created in a zone that gets the most sunlight so that the plants get the nutrients they require for healthy growth, while another section of the garden could be used for storage space such as a shed, garage or summer house. With the use of different zones, everyone has their own space to enjoy the garden as they wish.
A barbeque area
Gardens tend to be used as an extra room and in recent years, the outdoor dining experience has become extremely popular with homeowners. Particularly during the summer months, having an alfresco dining area enables you to make the most of your garden by sitting and eating together as a family.
There is a range of different barbeques to choose from – all of which have their own benefits. Therefore, it would be worth researching the most suitable barbeque for your desired usage. To achieve the best grilling experience, you must choose the best charcoal for smoking your food, which ultimately boils down to your preference, budget and how long you wish for it to burn for.
Use raised beds
If your soil is particularly dry, you could consider incorporating raised beds into your garden. Not only will they become a visually appealing feature but they can also be used as a form of seating or a ledge for the children to play on.
Do bear in mind that the location of the beds will determine the type of plants you choose, as different plants grow better in either the sun or shade. If you’re planning on placing beds next to fencing, it may be the case that the plants won’t get the necessary rainfall due to being sheltered and may need to be watered more occasionally. If you do wish to use your raised beds as a seating option, they will need to be built at approximately 50cm high to achieve a suitable depth.