Senior Gardening Tips

Most people love nature and the ones who are lucky enough to have a yard, would like to make the most of it. Nevertheless, when you are young, you rarely find time for gardening. This changes as you grow old, and you start seeking peace and comfort instead of noise and crowds. Gardening is one of the most relaxing activities. It is a great way to spend time outdoors, while also doing a little exercise. Nevertheless, as your body starts loosing its mobility, gardening can be a bit challenging. In what follows, we will discuss a few simple tips in which you can make gardening fun and effortless.

The garden layout

A senior garden should be very well organized. Whether you choose to grow vegetables or flowers, we advise you to opt for raised garden beds. Ideally, you should mount some resting places around the garden beds, so that you don’t exhaust yourself or put your health at risk. You should also design some sturdy pathways. For the pathways, choose non- slip materials. If you or your spouse use a wheelchair or a mobility scooter, make sure that the pathways are wide enough for the scooter. As a general advice, we advise you to opt for a compact mobility scooter, one which you can also use indoors. You can find some great such scooters if you peruse the website. If you can’t walk at all without the scooter, build the garden beds a few feet high. You can also opt for vertical gardens, as long as the plants are placed neither too high nor too low.

Garden tools

If you experience vision problems, we advise you to dye the handles of your garden tools in bright colors, so that you don’t forget them in the garden. Misplaced rakes can even be dangerous, as slipping on the fork side will cause the rake handle to quickly rise, thus risking an injury. Aside from hand tools, you might also make good use of some power tools. For example, if you have a lawn, you will need a lawn mower. If the lawn is very large, choose a self propelling mower or better yet, a riding lawn mower.

What plants to grow

We covered the garden layout and the tools and we left the most important elements for last: the plants. However, the garden plants are entirely your choice. Nevertheless, we advise you to choose easy to grow plants. Avoid vegetables which require a lot of watering such as tomatoes, and instead choose low maintenance veggies such as leafy greens, carrots, potatoes and so on. Keep in mind that the gardening should be leisure activity and not a chore, especially when you get older and you are no longer as strong as you used to be.