We know this seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how often we see toxic plants in someone's yard. It's essential to know the local toxic plants and ensure those are removed from your landscape. Some common ones we see are holly, snowberries, poison hemlock, and foxglove.
Creating a fenced "safe space" will give you peace of mind while letting your little one wander. Ensure your fencing plan doesn't leave any "blind spots" in the yard. We also prefer privacy fences, so onlookers cannot see your child in the yard.
For younger children under four years old, we recommend avoiding gravel and rock paths or decorative river rocks displays. This is for several reasons, the first and most important is to avoid choke hazards in your yard. The second is messiness, we know your little ones love to dig. Gravel and rocks will get dug up and transported into walkways where unsuspecting feet may land hard on a rock. We prefer a sandpit for your littles with a cover for when it's not in use.
For a lawn with very small children, we recommend no fertilizer. If you do decide to fertilize opt for organic and keep children off the lawn until it is washed into your grass and visible pellets cannot be picked up.
Paver patios are a favorite among our clients with children. It creates a clean, safe, and smooth surface to play on. Speak with a landscape designer to discuss a plan to maximize a hardscaped area for biking riding and playing in your space. Coming up with a specific intention for this use will optimize the space for your children.