Owning your home makes you want to prepare and design each aspect of your property carefully including outdoor spaces such as the garden. A garden not only enhances the appearance of your home but is also that special place where you, your family, friends and even pets congregate while enjoying the beauty of nature and of being outdoors. This is one of the many reasons why it is essential to design, build and maintain a garden through the seasons that is safe for users. Green spaces that are free from obstructions and protected from natural hazards are also desirable.
Carefully Choose What You Plant
The size of your garden and the people who will use it determine in part what you can or cannot plant in it. If you have pets and small children, you must consider plants and flowers that are not harmful to them when accidentally ingested. Another aspect to think carefully is to include fire-resistant plants in your garden. Texas is one of the top states that has a large number of properties designated a wildfire risk according to the 2015 Wildfire Hazard Risk Report. Planting fire-wise plants such as succulents help reduce the risk of starting a fire when it is dry in winter and hot in summer.
The presence of pets and small kids mean that you must be careful when landscaping your garden. Your pets should have an area where they can do their business while children also need a space to put a swing or see-saw where they can play. If you have a swimming area, putting an enclosure around a pool prevents accidents and accidental drownings. Ponds and fountains must also be secured either by fencing or stabilizing.
Use Non-Flammable Materials
To further reduce the risk of fires, use non-flammable materials when building decks or patios. Consider using stones or concrete on a patio and opt for a metallic fence. For mulching, try to avoid pine needles or bark mulch. Instead, opt for gravel mulches or decomposed granite.
Maintain Your Garden
Your work does not end once you have completed landscaping. On the contrary, a garden needs regular attention even if you plant low-maintenance shrubs and trees. To prevent slips and falls, ensure that pathways are cleared of dislodged rocks or cement blocks. Prune hedges & trees for good visibility and to avoid fire risks should one start in the area close to your property. Keep plants healthy by regular mowing and watering. A humid soil prevents an accidental fire from spreading.
Designing a safe garden is a challenge that may put you off in the beginning. However, the rewards are far greater than the amount of work you put in it. You’ll have a beautiful little paradise that won’t compromise your safety and that of others.