If you have kids, a great landscape might seem like a far-distant dream. You may be too busy managing the bikes and soccer balls, hosting back yard sports practice and keeping up with the lawn to think much about a beautiful flower bed.
If you do think about it, you doubt that “kids” and “beautiful landscaping” should ever be heard in the same sentence.
Before you resign yourself to a balding patch of lawn or give up on having a great back yard because it’s full of toys and tools, read this! Today we’ve collected five popular blog posts that can show you another way.
These are ideas for creating a living space for the whole family – one that everyone can enjoy and you can love, season after season and year after year.
1. Lawn Vs. Naturalistic Landscaping: Is That Big Yard Really Worth It?
Before we jump into landscaping ideas, it’s worth taking a moment to talk about your lawn. If you have kids, you probably have lawn, and may even need one depending on your lifestyle.
But how much lawn do you *really* need? And is it serving you well when there are other – and possibly more beneficial – options available? That’s for you to decide. But take a look at some of the reasons why we have lawns to begin with, the pros and cons, and what you might do instead.
2. Design A Beautiful And Kid-Friendly Back Yard
If your idea of a gorgeous landscape includes flower gardens and koi ponds, dining places and relaxing spaces, but you’re concerned that your reality doesn’t align with this vision, this is the post for you.
From outdoor movies to swimming ponds, there is a lot you can do to implement a family-friendly design that will give kids a great place to play at the same time that it gives you all the beauty you could want.
3. Kid Scaping: How To Create A Kid-Friendly, Grownup-Worthy Back Yard
Don’t wait until the kids go to college to plan your best landscape. You’ll be doing everyone a favor if you plan a family-focused design that will serve your lifestyle right now.
Put a little fun *and* elegance into your yard with the right design elements. This post is full of ideas for thinking differently about your yard – whether you’re adding a koi pond where the kids can engage with fish and other wildlife, or designing the right kind of storage options for all the “stuff” that everyone enjoys.
4. Kid Friendly Landscaping Ideas (That Grown Ups Will Love, Too)
Yep, more ideas! When you’ve got a good master plan, it’s easy to implement a landscape design that will work for how you live – and that includes kids, whatever their age.
These are some practical ways to foster a family-friendly environment, from creating a family gathering space to supporting the well-being of every member of the family.
5. Turn Your Pond And Yard Into An Outdoor Home School Classroom
Whether you homeschool or not, the outdoors offers an incredibly educational experience for kids. No need to crack out the algebra books – this kind of learning is fun, engaging, relaxing and creative.
These are some ideas for getting the kids outdoors and using the landscape around you to help them expand their minds and exercise those mental muscles along with the physical ones.
We hope we’ve inspired you to imagine how you can enjoy a landscape that’s designed for the whole family to use and love. If you have kids – or host family who do! – book a consultation with us and let’s start a conversation about how we can bring a family-friendly vibe to your outdoor space.