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Now that winter has officially come to an end, it’s the perfect time to start preparing your yard to keep your kids and pets safe all spring and summer long. Outdoor safety at home means different things to different people; if you have a pool or live near a pond or lake, there are many considerations to take. Gardening often means using pesticides and dangerous tools, so it’s important to think about storage solutions that will keep your little ones safe. Not only that, it’s a good idea to think about your lawn, too. Protecting it from boisterous pets and playing children will help you keep a lush green space for as long as you have warm weather.
Here are a few of the best tips on lawn safety when warm weather rolls around.
If there’s a body of water nearby, there are several precautions you’ll want to take as soon as the weather warms up. Not only is it important to plan for the upkeep of a pool, you’ll also need to think about how to keep the entire area safe, especially if you have young children or animals. When spring comes, take a good look at the safety issues that might arise; do you have a toddler or a child who likes to wander? Even if your little one has had swim lessons, it’s a good idea to put fencing around the body of water and/or install a motion sensor with an alarm that will let you know when someone is too close. For more tips on pool safety, read this helpful guide.
Use natural weed killers
Pesticides can be dangerous to children and pets, but many homeowners us
e them to keep their gardens and landscaping looking fresh. Consider an alternative, like a natural weed killer such as boiling water, vinegar, or soap. Not only is this better for the environment, it will ensure that your pets don’t track through pesticide and bring it into your home.
The same can be said for getting rid of snails and slugs in your garden, which can cause damage to both plants and pets; if ingested, they can lead to lungworm in dogs, but the pesticides that keep these creatures at bay are harmful as well. Look for natural solutions here.
Plant a pet-friendly garden
Most gardeners know that in order to have a lovely, colorful space come spring and summer, it’s important to start planning early. But when planning out you’ll fill your flower beds and terra cotta pots, think about what types of blooms will be safe for your pets; there are a surprising number of plants that are poisonous to dogs, including common ones like aloe, wisteria, and elephant ears. Check out this detailed list from the ASPCA for more information.
It’s always a good idea to leave some green space for kids and pets to play in the yard. No matter how much you love to garden, leaving some areas untouched will give everyone some open space to run around and have fun during warm-weather months. Just make sure you take some precautions for the bee population.
Preparing your lawn for warm weather can be a big job, but if you start early enough and have a good plan in place, there’s no reason you can’t have the best yard on the block. Combining safety and fun will ensure that your family has a great spring and summer.