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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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Planting a low maintenance garden

by Darlene Jenkins

While some people love spending time maintaining their gardens, other people find that gardening is just another chore. If you don't enjoy gardening it can be a great idea to plan out a low-maintenance garden that takes less work but is still fun to spend time in. 

Choose the right plants

Generally, native plants are less work to maintain than imported plants, as they require less fertilising, pruning and watering. It can be worth speaking to the local nursery and asking what plants are likely to work in your garden and look good year round. You can often save money by choosing these plants as they are less likely to need to be replaced over the year as well. If you do opt for lawn, choose a hardy variety that doesn't need regular mowing, such as an empire-hybrid which has a bright colour and sturdy, spreading leaves. 

Automate your systems

It can also be a good idea to spend some extra money on setting up a reticulation system so that you don't need to remember to water the garden. You can set the garden to water at the coolest part of the night/early morning so that water evaporation can be minimised. This can help to keep your garden looking great all year round with little effort. It can often be a good idea if you do use a reticulation system to get an annual service done on the system to make sure it keeps working. 

Use paths and flat areas smartly

If you create paths with pavers you will often need to weed between the pavers during winter which can be a time consuming and frustrating task. There are a range of easier-to-maintain options for plants and patios including direct poured concrete, aggregate paths, gravelled paths and plastic based products. Many plant supply stores have a good range of path products that you can use to create paths and patio areas 

These can help to make the garden easier and more useful to eat as well as being easy to clean with a high-power water cleaning system. 

If gardening isn't your thing it's a good idea to plan a low-maintenance garden by choosing the right plants and making some good decisions on the equipment that you choose. You can often get a lot of great advice from the local nursery or garden supply store. For more information, contact companies like Din San Nursery.