Creating A Toddler Safe Garden

If you are going to be moving to a new home soon, or you want to make sure that your garden is ready for your growing family, here are some great tips for a child-friendly garden. 

Children love to play and explore, and from time to time, they get themselves in trouble. 

Gardens offer the opportunity to play, explore, dig, build, and so much more - but it is your job to make sure that those little explorers can do it as carefully as possible. 

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First things first - check the fencing. Wobbly panels, loose panels, missing panels, sticking out nails, or unstable panels are a huge hazard. 

Since the fence is one area you can’t skimp on, it is important to call a fence company in. they will be able to create a child-friendly, secure fence around the garden. 

You can also consider having a shorter fenced area in the garden that is created for children to play in safely. 


While water features are stunning to look at, there is a huge threat posed by water features. If you do have a pond, it should be covered with sturdy chicken wire fencing. While many people put nets on the pond, the nets can cause children to become tangled - further impeding their ability to get out of the pond if they do fall in. 

Ponds, bird baths, and other water features are breeding grounds for many dangerous bacteria and germs.

Covering any water features or turning off the water for a while can be a great option. 


Can you tell the difference between foxglove and comfrey? Some plants look fantastic but are poisonous, and not all of them taste horrible. Since one of the ways that children explore the world around them is through touch and taste - many children eat berries, leaves, and other things they shouldn’t. 

Try to identify all of the plants you have in your garden, or if you are planting new things - try to stick to vegetables and herbs that can be eaten and aren’t harmful. 

Plant poisoning is rare but not impossible - so try to make an informed decision. 

And if you use fertilizer or herbicides, try to cut back and keep them safely stored away. 


Make sure that no matter where you or they are in the garden, you have a clear line of vision. Not only can you watch all of their amazing tricks and make mud pies, but if they trip, fall, get stung, or hurt in any way while playing, you can be there nice and quickly. 


What could be better than creating a space for your children to dig and plant up what is just got them. This will also prevent them from potentially digging up your plants. Gardening is known to be great for mental health - so when you and your child garden together, not only are you bonding, but you will be helping them find an outlet and something that can help calm them. 

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