When looking for landscaping services, there are several factors you need to consider, especially if you have children. Many people design their landscapes in a manner that presents many hazards to their kids, and this is something to avoid. When creating your landscape, you should factor in your kids and make it safe for them. Here are few ways in which you can create a landscape that is safe for children.

Fence in your swimming pool

If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, it is important that you fence it. In fact, many states in the US have come up with laws that govern pool enclosures. Putting a fence around your swimming pool prevents young children from gaining access to the swimming pool area when playing outside.

Separating the swimming pool and the other parts of your yard allows children to play and enjoy the other facilities in the yard like basketball court, playground, and the patio area without facing the danger of drowning in a swimming pool.

Consider installing non-slip surfaces

Walkways and patio area are some of the areas that children mostly trip, slip and fall. Most of the landscaping done in homes with children doesn't factor that in. Therefore, it is important to use non-skid and non-slip surfaces like pavers, especially in surfaces that are most likely to become wet, present a slip, and fall hazard to the children.

Even though you can avert every accident that occurs in your backyard, installing non-slip surfaces can help in preventing your kids from falling.

Do not plant harmful and toxic plants

At times, you will be tempted to plant flowers like calla lilies and azaleas in your flower garden. However, you should understand that these flowers can be harmful to kids and they should be planted in areas where kids don't access regularly. Also, plant prickly vegetation like sago palms, agave, and cactus.

Lay artificial turf

There are numerous reasons why artificial grass is safer than natural grass. First, lawns made out of synthetic grass offer a uniform and even surface for children to play. This means that there will be fewer chances for slips and falls compared to lawns with natural grass.  If the artificial turf is installed correctly, it provides a soft landing surface in case your kids fall while playing.

Also, if your kids share the lawn with pets like dogs and cats, fake grass offers an additional advantage or allowing urine from the pets to sip through the turf fibers. This reduces the possibility of your kids being exposed to animal urine as they play on the lawn. Furthermore, artificial grass doesn't need fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and this also limits your kids as well as pets to being exposed to dangerous chemicals.  

Don't worry. This is not something that you have to do on your own. There are professionals out there who would be more than happy to give you a hand. Contact a landscaping service provider, like Kendall Lawnscapes LLC, today.