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Turning Your Yard into a Kid-Friendly Landscape

“I’m bored.”

“There’s nothing to do!”

“Can we go to (insert crazy busy location here)?”

It’s just a few weeks into summer vacation, and chances are, you have already heard a variation of these statements. And, more frustrating can be knowing there are still several weeks to go before it gets better. However, there are things you can do to make your yard more appealing and inviting to the kids. Better yet, many of these kid-friendly landscaping changes will make your yard more interesting to you, as well.

Designing a Kid-Friendly Landscape

Having kids, doesn’t mean you have to forfeit having a landscape design that pleases you. You can still have a beautiful and inviting landscape, and it doesn’t have to be filled with toys and the other detritus associated with a family backyard. Consider these ideas for turning your backyard into a place that the whole family can enjoy.

  • Incorporate natural elements. Look around your yard and note the trees and any natural areas. Consider implementing tree stumps that are staggered in such a way as to work as both and obstacle course or seating. Simply “group” them together, add a bit of greenery or shrubbery and you have a great space for letting their imagination soar.
  • Add pavers across the lawn – leave them in their natural state or let the kids decorate- and create a path to a “hidden” alcove.
  • Plant plenty of soft grass where they can relax without fear of damaging other plants or the house itself. Be sure the grassy area is big enough for gymnastics, or just sprawling out on a blanket with a book. Take time to add kid-friendly plants that can stand up to thing like balls or the occasional tumble.
  • Have a backyard large enough for a few footpaths? Then add in some pavers or small gravel that can be used for bike riding. Make the path(s) interesting by adding a bridge, covering a portion of it or by curving it around the yard to various spots so that they can have different rendezvous points.
  • Plan for shade. Georgia summers are hot! Be sure to incorporate shady spaces complete with fun seating such as a hammock or glider swing.
  • Install a beanpole tepee. This is both fun and functional. Use canes to create a tepee, then plant beans at the base and let them grow upward. This will provide the perfect spot for shade as well as a simple garden. Not concerned about planting veggies? Then trailing vines could also be used.
  • Make it easy to keep the outdoor space clean. Whether you add buckets on a shelf, have a storage building for holding toys, or have custom patio seating that doubles as storage space, it is important that you teach your kids to clean up when they are finished. Plus, it helps keep your landscape design looking great when it isn’t in use.

Planning ahead is a big part of creating the perfect kid-friendly landscape. If you are having a landscape makeover, talk to one of the Outdoor Makeover & Construction team members about incorporating a place for play equipment and spaces to encourage the imagination. We will work with your design to make the space so wonderful that statements such as, “I’m bored!” will be things of the past. Give us a call today to get started on your kid-friendly landscape design.

  • “We contacted a number of landscapers before we found Outdoor Makeover. Navid and Omid worked hard on improving our front and backyard. They worked quickly and diligently and now we have a beautiful lawn and outdoor entertainment area. Their customer service was excellent. They called or emailed us a number of times just to make sure everything was right and we were satisfied. Great Job - Great Customer Service - Great People!”

    Patrice & David Alpharetta, GA

  • “Navid and the Outdoor Makeover team are top notch. They found solutions within our price range and help us accomplish our most important priorities. Further, even after we paid them in full and needed them to come back to touch up some items, they came back within 1 week. This is UNHEARD of these days! I would highly recommend them to everyone!”

    Ryan E. Marietta, GA

  • “While we had a general idea of some things we wanted done, Navid was able to envision a work product beyond that which we could have imagined. In addition to being very accessible, Navid was very customer focused and was intent throughout the project of ensuring that our expectations were met. We were amazed at his team’s ability to execute so quickly from “design” to final product. Expectations were more than exceeded, and we would certainly use Navid and Outdoor Makeover on future projects.”

    Larry S. Atlanta, GA

  • “Last June, my wife and I contacted Outdoor Makeover regarding replacing the “weeds” in our front lawn with sod, replacement of all shrubs in the front and back yards and the planting several new trees throughout our property. Once we confirmed the design plan, the Outdoor Makeover crew got started immediately. The job soon took on a life of its own and Navid and his crew were ready and willing to be flexible and get the job done. It is a pleasure to work with a professional that understands the meaning of good communication and customer service. The project came out perfect and we are very happy with our new lawn, shrubs and trees. We look forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship with Outdoor Makeover.”

    Amy & Joe Roswell, GA

  • “Navid and his team have exceptional vision and incredible talent for design.
    Outdoor Makeover delivered a plan that is much better than the competitors from design to build. I ended up with an exceptional result that I totally love and enjoy daily. I am very proud to show off my special area in my yard and everyone loves hanging outside now; Navid asked questions to figure out my lifestyle. Furthermore, Navid discovered what I needed and wanted, of which I was unaware when we started the process.”

    Christy A. Sandy Springs, GA

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