You backyard is supposed to be a miniature oasis for you to enjoy. It cannot be that way if you and your family are constantly tripping in the yard though. You may not realize just how many spots in your yard are potential tripping areas, but once you see them, you can make your yard a safer place to be. Here are 5 easy-to-fix backyard trip hazards.
Small holes can be just as dangerous as big holes if they are deep enough to catch your foot in. If you notice some holes in your yard, fill them with a little dirt and a patch of sod. Try to think about what may have caused the holes and correct that problem as well. For instance, if you have a dog, you may need to train him not to dig around outside.
Raised Tree Roots
Tree roots can extend far beyond the base of a tree, and they can even have an impact on your home’s foundation over time. If you have a large tree that is becoming a danger to your family, you may need to consider having it relocated. For an easy fix though, try building up dirt around the raised roots so they are like small mounds to walk across. You’ll be less likely to trip on these.
Toys and playground equipment can become trip hazards if they are scattered around the yard. Teach your children to put up their toys when they are finished playing with them, and make sure the support bars of swing set and jungle gyms are firmly planted in the ground. Also consider painting the boarder of a low-lying sand box a bright color so people are more likely to see it as they walk by.
If you have a path in your back yard made of stones or blocks, consider replacing that with something more solid. You could create a gravel pathway instead, or you could have a solid concrete one installed. This leaves less room for tripping because you don’t have to worry about each stone individually.
If you notice peaks and valleys in your concrete, get it repaired. This includes issues with cracks in the concrete, as those are easy to trip over. You may be able to handle some small repairs on your own, but if the problem gets bad enough, call in some professional concrete leveling experts to help you out. We fix uneven concrete throughout Southeast Michigan and Detroit.