How to Summer-Proof Your Backyard

It’s summertime, and the urge to go outside and soak in that vitamin D is strong everywhere, but are you prepared for the potential dangers of outdoor enjoyment? Here are a few ways you can summer-proof your backyard for the people and pets you love the most.

For Pets

Summer is the season for fleas and ticks, and that can’t be any more obvious to pet owners. Before summer gets into full swing, you’ll want to prepare your yard with pet friendly tick control. Even if your dog spends the days predominantly outside, you’ll also want to invest in vet-approved flea and tick prevention to keep your fur baby safe from potential disease.

For Kids

Kids love to play outside during the summer, but it’s important to understand two potential dangers to your kids’ well-being. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, a little bit of prevention now can go a long way in ensuring that your kids enjoy the summer to the fullest.

  1. Poisonous plants – Poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak can produce painful rashes. Teach your kids how to spot them, and make sure that your lawn is cut regularly to keep these from spreading.
  2. Sunburn and sun poisoning – Make sure your kids are wearing sunscreen protection, even on cloudy days. Preventing a sunburn is a lot better than treating one.

For Adults

Whether inside or out, summer is definitely spider season. Be aware of places that spiders might be hiding, especially in gardens and little-used places such as garages. It’s a good idea to always wear gloves when doing any kind of work outside to protect from not only arachnids, but anything else that might be unsavory. You might also want to consider spraying for spiders.

A little prevention goes a long way in making sure your summer goes smoothly. By summer-proofing your backyard, you’re making it possible for maximum enjoyment to be had for all involved, especially pets and children who are dependent on you to protect them from harm.