Young children often beg to do just about any activity with their parents. This will include having them work in your gardening and landscaping project. This will not only give them some quality time with you, but also help teach them all about growing things and how to maintain a great looking property.
Instead of doing nothing on a weekend, you can encourage your kids to help in your landscaping project. However, it is important that you know what tasks you should give your kids to avoid any problems.
The following tips can help keep working on the landscaping project both productive and enjoyable with your kids:
Keep it Casual
Depending on the age of your kids, don’t plan too much work at a time. You won’t be able to get an 8 year old to spend 10 hours weeding and planting in a single day. Instead, pick some casual work that needs to be done and teach your kids how to do it.
Small Projects First
Kids often like having a good sense of accomplishment, but it needs to come fast or they can feel discouraged. Choosing a small project which can be completed by you and your kid in an hour or less is definitely a great idea.
Mistakes Will Happen
When working with kids, you need to expect that there will be mistakes made. With that in mind, you don’t want to assign your kids to pruning your prized rose bushes or anything that involves your prized plants. Kids often don’t know the difference between the most important tasks and those which are similar in nature. Just help them find areas which they can work on without putting your plants at too much risk.
Keep it Fun
There are many things involved with landscaping that kids will love. Let them do the watering and digging holes to plant new things and even picking flowers. If there are more mundane tasks, don’t force them on younger kids or it can turn them off to gardening forever.
Kids ask a lot of questions and you will need a lot of patience to answer these. This is also the best time to get them educated about how plants grow and other things related to landscaping. This will boost their interest and stir their creative minds to even help you think of planning out a great design.
In doing a landscape project with your kids, take note to give them activities that will boost their independence. For example, you can assign a specific area for them to work on and give them seeds to grown on their own. You can also tell them that they will own and enhance that area and will also own whatever produce it grows.
Remember, the goal of including your kids in these types of projects is to be able to spend quality time with your kids and instill a love of gardening in their hearts. Always take your time and go slowly with your kids so they can really get their hands dirty and enjoy it with you. They will likely get bored after an hour or two and move on to something else so just take your time and enjoy these special moments.