3 Ways To Make Your Backyard More Wheelchair Friendly For Your Child

If your child uses a wheelchair, you're probably looking for ways to help your child enjoy spending time in the yard. If you're in the process of redesigning your landscaping, here are a few ideas to help make outdoor playtime more enjoyable for your child.

Accessible Paths

You want your child to have access to the entire yard. So, it's important that you remember your child's wheelchair when designing your landscaping. Accessible paths will allow your child to travel around the yard without your assistance.

Paths should be wide enough for the wheelchair and shouldn't have any sharp turns. In addition, the surface of the path should be lined with a material that your child's chair won't get stuck on. Artificial grass or foam playground sheets will work well. A professional landscaping company, like The Hilltop Landscape Architects & Contractors, can help you design and install these paths.

Raised Gardens

Wheelchairs make it difficult for children to get down in the dirt. That doesn't mean that your child can't participate in gardening. Raised gardens bring the garden up to your child's level. These gardens can be made out of a variety of items you might have laying around your home. Here's one idea to get you started.

Old Tire Garden

Those old tires you have in your yard can be transformed into a delightful raised garden for your child. Before you begin, be sure to give them a thorough washing with a high-pressure nozzle.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Old tires – 2 for each planter
  • Epoxy glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Potting soil
  • Small plants

Directions

  1. Place one tire on the ground with the opening facing up.
  2. Use your paintbrush to apply a thick layer of epoxy glue to the upper surface of the tire.
  3. Place your second tire directly on top of the epoxy.
  4. Allow it to dry for several hours.
  5. Fill your tires with potting soil. Be sure the potting soil reaches to top of the tires.
  6. Help your child place the plants in the potting soil.

Pool Accessibility

If you are planning to add a pool to your new landscaping, you might not know that you can add wheelchair accessibility right into the plans. There are a couple of ways you can do that.

Ramps

The easiest way for your child to enter the pool is with a built-in wheelchair ramp. The ramp is usually installed next to the stairs. This is an excellent choice if your child has a pool chair, which are fully-functional wheelchairs, made of heavy-duty PVC.

Lifts

Pool lifts allow for easy access into and out of pools. The lift is installed directly on to your pool so that you child can be lifted and lowered into the pool safely.

It can be difficult to maneuver wheelchairs around the yard, and children who are confined to wheelchairs can feel left out when it comes to outdoor fun. Use these ideas to make the backyard a fun place for your child.


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