With the summer in full bloom, the backyard is one of the best places to spend time with family and friends. While you may have young children now, you will probably own your home as they grow older, so you want to be sure to plan a design that will grow with you and your family. Here are some tips on how to do just that:
1. Design for the Future
The best designed landscape can grow and change with the kids to meet their needs when they are young, but continue to grow with them. Your backyard space may be filled with swing sets and sandboxes when your kids are young, but you’ll want to be sure you have access to a larger space that can be kept empty but when the kids get older and they start playing sports.
2. Design the Circulation
A large yard offers room for swings, climbing gyms, sand box, children’s garden, play house and more. To raise the “wow” factor, design these into a circulation system that connects everything with a combination of paved walks or gravel, trails, and foot paths.
It’s a good idea to keep the expansion joints few and narrow. Avoid rough surfaces. If you keep it smooth, kids will be safer on roller skates, roller blades, scooters, and skateboards.
3. Conceptual Planting Tips for Family Backyard
You can teach the kids about gardening by planting smaller fruit trees so kids can reach the fruit, or having a vegetable garden that kids can help care for. If you’re into teaching moments, plant butterfly nectar and larval food plants to teach metamorphosis. For everyone’s sake, avoid plants that draw excessive bees or wasps. You’ll also want to beware of plants with exceptionally large sharp thorns such as cactus and honey locust. Finally, if you or your loved ones are prone to allergies, prevent hay fever by avoiding acacia and other notorious problem flowers.
4. Protect Trees
A large old tree is worth its weight in gold. Instead of removing an old tree, plan your landscape design around it. When the kids are young, it works as a climbing structure, a rope swing support, and a place for a tree house. When the family grows, you can set up a perfect dining or sitting area under a beautiful old tree.
Need help planning your space to grow with your family? Reach out to Black River today at 973-970-9073 and we can make an appointment to get you started.