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I have never been a natural gardener. For years, I struggled to keep basic houseplants alive, only to kill them at the first opportunity. It was difficult and stressful to buy a home with a yard, but I knew that I might be able to learn what I was doing wrong and correct the problem. To start off, I focused heavily on the lawn, and tried hard to keep it trimmed and well-maintained. Next, I cleaned up the flowerbeds. It was a lot of work, but I knew that it would pay off in the end. When I was done, my front yard was gorgeous, and guess what--it even stayed alive. This blog is all about loving your little landscape.

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Four Family-Friendly Landscaping Projects

by Charlotte White

A great way to spend time with your family is having projects that you can do together outside. One place you can start out with is your own backyard. Regardless of what age your children are, teaching them about landscaping and taking pride in one's yard can start early on. Here are four family-friendly landscaping projects you can involve the kids in.

1. Picking Out Greenery

Kids can have green thumbs too. It can be a great lesson to care for a plant and watch this grow throughout the seasons or even years. Take your kids along to the garden center and let them pick out greenery to bring home and plant themselves. Smaller flowers to line paths, bigger shrubs, or baby trees can grow over the years and turn into something your child can be proud of. 

2. Concrete Stepping Stones

A great way to personalize your yard is with unique concrete stepping stones that kids can make. The can be found in pre-measured forms that kids can add in initials, stones, and other decorations to. These can then be displayed in the yard as a pathway or as an accent to your entryway. This can be a fun project for the entire family as well. Everyone can make their own unique stepping stone and display these together in your yard.

3. Playground Ideas

Gone are the days of unsightly metal jungle gyms. There are plenty of fun kid-friendly yard items that your child can help put together, such as building a sandbox or turning part of a fence into a chalkboard wall. While your kids might not be able to help with the installation of larger items such as see-saws or clubhouses, they can still assist in picking out kid-friendly ideas that they would enjoy.

4. Brainstorm With Older Kids

If you will be taking on a larger project with your yard or doing an entirely new landscaping layout, you may need to involve professional landscaping services to get the job done. That doesn't mean that kids can help with design and planning. Sit down and brainstorm what they would like in the yard, whether this is a vegetable garden, more yard space, or an outdoor place to hangout.

If you can make landscaping projects fun and get your kids involved, this won't feel like a chore. If you are going for a major overhaul of your yard, be sure to bring in a landscaping professional (such as one from Boulder Works) to help get you on track and map out plans. Since your family will spend time together outside, everyone can contribute to the overall look of your yard and help with upkeep over the years.

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