You never know what’s around the corner. Whether it’s illness, old age, or perhaps we’re caring for someone who needs help with their daily needs – it’s been proven that gardening is not only therapeutic, but it strengthens our mind, body and spirit. For many, it’s a way to feel independent by having something that needs care and attention. But what do we do when the garden we currently have is no longer fit for the person who needs it?
Simple – we create one that with an enabled design! Yes, they can help you choose flowers and help to buy trees for your state, but creating an enabled garden means that you can help a loved one maintain their lifestyle and even help them on the road to recovery or increase their quality of life.
Here you’ll find some helpful tips and advice on how you can create the ideal gardening environment for a loved one to enjoy and nurture.
Access & pathways
Firstly, how easy is it for your loved one to actually gain access to the garden? If there are steps in the way and your loved one uses a wheelchair then you’ll need to consider installing a ramp, so they can access the garden independently. If you have someone with mobility problems in mind then it might be wise to consider installing a pathway around the garden so there is one simple route around.
This will also ensure that the ground is even, and they’ll be less likely to trip or stumble over uneven ground or slippery grass. You could try installing grips rails as a safety precaution too. As a rule, your paths should be about 3ft wide if you’re accommodating a wheelchair user.
Plan plenty of seating areas around the garden space, so should your loved one get tired they have the option to sit and rest for a moment. Not only that, various seating areas will allow your loved one to view their garden and their hard work from lots of different angles!
Lawns can be difficult to manage, and they require a lot of maintenance. Consider replacing the natural lawn with something artificial or install more paths and access points.
If you have a pond in your garden, you and your loved one will need to discuss whether or not the upkeep of it is going to be practical. You could always install a low maintenance water feature instead if they’d still like to enjoy the sight and sound of water.
When it comes to a planting scheme; raised flower beds are the way to go. It’ll make everything accessible and of course much more enjoyable!
Get rid of plants that have a reputation for quickly growing out of hand. Rampant growers and plants that take up too much space could be removed to make way for something much easier to maintain and will survive in all weathers. If you’re unsure, simply ask for more information when you buy.
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