Family Friendly Landscapes
This is the time of year when you and your entire family could spend time outside in your yard. What’s stopping you? We understand, as parents, that children need to actively play outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine instead of staying indoors watching tv or playing games on their smartphones. If you are looking for a way to transform your yard into a friendly oasis for your family, especially your kids, then this article is right for you.
Five Family-friendly landscaping ideas for you to incorporate in your yard:
- Provide a Getaway Space
While the yard is for everyone to enjoy, it is nice to have some private area in it where you can quietly relax, read, visit with others, listen to nature or even take family photos. It doesn’t have to occupy a lot of space. If you have a huge shade tree in your yard, you can place a hammock in it or add a couple of comfortable lawn chairs with a table beneath its canopy.
- Build a Garden
Gardening offers numerous benefits. It is a way of staying physically healthy, beautifying your landscape and bonding with your family. You can even dedicate parts of the garden to each family member with each member selecting what is grown and then being responsible for its care. Growing plants will help to stimulate the senses of your children, give them an appreciation for nature and teach them about the patience and discipline necessary to care for living things.
- Provide Some Play Structures
The best way to get your kids off the couch and out to enjoy your landscape is to provide space for them to actively play. Install some play structures, such as swings, slides and obstacle courses. Be careful when installing your play area; keep away from hazards like electrical wires and tree branches.
- Add Natural Features
Keeping some of the natural features of your landscape will make your home look and feel more welcoming. Use your creativity when planning and designing using existing natural features when adding new natural features. For example, adding a terraced wall with native plantings and a seating area to an existing steep hillside will enhance the natural beauty of your landscape while increasing your usable space.
- Install a Fence
Security is important for your family especially if you have small children and/or a pet. Soften the fence with landscape plantings. Another option is to use plants to create a “green” screen to create privacy and boundaries.
The outdoors is the best place for your children and the entire family to bond and create memories. Get help from the landscaping experts in transforming your yard into a family-friendly oasis. Contact Us at Campbell & Ferrara.