Making your garden family friendly

January 13, 2015


Long summer days are the perfect opportunity for family and friends to gather in the garden for catching up, quality time and delicious meals served al fresco.

But it can become difficult to enjoy these get togethers when children and pets are playing too close together, getting in your most precious flowers or ripping up the tomato plants which were to be served at lunch time.

Take the stress out of these situations by fencing off certain areas with timber fencing to create separate sections for different family members and activities.

Here are some tips and tricks.



You want to ensure your children and their friends are able to play safely in the garden. Set up an area filled with their toys and jungle gyms, ensure plants are hardy and not poisonous, and that little bodies won’t be able to escape.

Keep this area close to the section of the garden where you will be so that you’ll be able to keep a close eye on your children.



Dogs can be the bane of a keen gardener’s life. Make sure to keep them securely in a section where you don’t grow your award winning petunias or cabbage that’s intended to feed your entire family.

It is also important to ensure all plants and trees in this section are safe for pets. A number of plants are poisonous to both dogs and cats, so do your research carefully.

This will also assist in keeping your dog’s toilet area away from your family and ensure their dogs are kept away from curious children who like to to put everything in their mouths.



Growing your own vegetables is a rewarding hobby with benefits for your wallet and waistline. It is important these little veggies be kept safe, away from children, pets and pests.

Raised boxes help to keep children and pets out while netting will not only guard from the sun but also from birds and insects.



Onto a very important area – yours. This is where you’ll be gathered with friends and family, enjoying your weekends.

Make sure your space is close enough to the children’s section so you’ll be able to keep an eye on them. Ensure it is close to the kitchen for regular trips to stock up on drinks and snacks.

Make sure there are plenty of comfortable spots to sit in different conversation areas.
With these tips, everyone in your family will be able to enjoy their own area of the garden.

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