Keeping your home safe and clean is vital for your family’s health and overall well-being. This holds true even if you live in the suburbs or out in the country. You may think that weather conditions render your yard more dangerous than a typical city, and while this may be accurate (such as exposure to wild animals), it doesn’t mean that you can let down your guard completely. Here are some tips on how to keep your outdoor space safe so that everyone in the house—including pets—can enjoy spending time outdoors:
Tip 1: Water, Water Everywhere
Make sure that you have water drainage installed around the house. This decreases the probability of flooding when there are heavy rains or during typhoons. You can also consider installing gutters to drain water from the rooftop to ensure safety inside the house as well as in the yard.
Tip 2: Mow the Lawn Regularly
If you have a large front yard, make sure to mow it regularly so that you can avoid getting grass stains on your feet every time you go out in the yard. You can also use a leaf blower to clean up clippings as well as dry leaves and other debris, leaving less of an invitation for harmful insects. Remember to avoid walking on the lawn when you’re still holding the blower, though, as it can pull you towards other parts of your property which may be too tall to reach while using this device.
Tip 3: Keep an Eye Out for Animal Tracks
Keep a keen eye out for animal tracks that are visible on your property’s soil. These are usually left behind by dogs, rodents, and other creatures looking to get into your house through any possible entry point they can find. You should ensure that these are cleaned up so that no one gets hurt. If you have pets inside the house, remember to keep their food in tightly closed containers so that wild animals will not attempt to take what belongs to your pet.
Tip 4: Pick up Trash
Make sure to get rid of all the trash around your home, even if it’s just on your front lawn. Aside from hiding unsightly marks on your property, these can also attract rodents and other animals you don’t want to show up in your house. These include glass bottles and aluminum cans, large plastic packages like water and soda (which may still contain liquids), and more.
Tip 5: Clean, Green Grass
Keep your lawn properly watered and maintained by cutting its grass regularly (especially if you want them to look nice). Do not leave dead trees or branches lying on top of your garden because they could create dangerous obstacles for kids who may fall on them while playing under them. And speaking of kids, make sure that they do not climb on trees. They could fall and get hurt easily.
Tip 6: Hot Day, Hot Sun: Use Shade Trees
Install shade trees in your garden. This gives an additional benefit of cooling the air inside the house. Ensure that there are no broken branches hanging from these trees because children could get injured if they accidentally hit them while playing under them. And if you have pets or dogs, make sure that they do not urinate or defecate underneath the tree, wherein the toxic materials from the feces may seep through to the ground where your kids are playing.
Tip 7: Keep insects at Bay
Make sure that you regularly check your garden to see if insects are breeding on top of them. If you find any, kill them immediately before they cause harm to your kids. No matter how little or harmless they may seem, insects can transmit diseases and parasites, especially when they bite.
Mosquitoes can carry yellow fever, dengue fever, and malaria. Seek the help of a mosquito control expert if you don’t think you can deal with the problem with mosquitoes on your own. Wasp stings can cause allergic reactions along with pain and itching at the affected site. And bed bugs bite their victims while they’re sleeping. They are also carriers of diseases such as Chagas disease, which can be transmitted by a parasite living inside them.
Tip 8: Make Your Garden Kid-friendly
Design the garden according to what works best for your kids’ needs so that they can enjoy playing there without getting hurt by accident or through carelessness because, let’s face it, children are curious beings who like to explore their surroundings freely. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this. You have to ensure that the entire area is clean, your kids are supervised at all times, and that there are no poisonous plants for them to eat while playing in the garden.
Tip 9: Keep the Pathway Clear
Have your kids play in front or around the house or near to it. This way, they are protected by you, and even if something terrible happens, you will be close enough to help them immediately. If there is a pathway that leads from the gate to your house, make sure that it is clean and clear of any obstacles such as toys and trash so that there would be no accidents when someone is walking down on it. And lastly but not the least, keep all gates locked except for those which you frequently use such as doors leading to other rooms inside the house so that children won’t go out of it accidentally and get lost outside—especially if they don’t know how to walk yet. These are some essential tips for keeping your yard safe for kids and everyone in the family. Make sure to follow them all so that you can enjoy spending quality time out there with your favorite people without worrying about getting sick or having accidents inside or outside of the house.