Tips to Create a Beautiful Garden

It is a well-known fact that gardening is good for growers of all ages. In the elderly, it offers many benefits, ranging from body to mental. Gardening is a community activity and can help seniors in assisted living facilities connect with other residents and staff members. It also provides Motivation and strengthens the feeling of contribution, things that many retirees lack after daily work has been replaced by the leisure status of an inactive person. The provision of flower beds and secure garden areas encourages daily activity and offers residents, staff and visitors beautiful spaces to enjoy. The keys are safety and ease of access, so that even those who need mobility assistance can participate and enjoy the effort.

According to the National Gardening Survey, almost 3/4 of the American population participates in gardening activities, the proportion of elderly gardeners being 35%. It is an activity that those who are in their “golden years” will enjoy and that offers many health benefits. On a body level, gardening offers a little moderate aerobic exercise. Bending, stretching and lifting are all part of gardening in which those who are healthy can participate and improve their overall well-being. The activity also increases serotonin levels, improves the immune response and relieves stress. Mentally, gardening stimulates the senses, increases cognitive awareness and reduces the risk of dementia.

Investing in gardening tools and systems designed for older gardeners can make tasks easier and more enjoyable. Raised beds are ideal because they bring the work closer to tired eyes and make simple jobs such as weeding, Tothauen and vegetable harvesting accessible. Tools with ergonomic handles and longer handles relieve the pain of arthritic hands and tight backs. Making sure that the paths through the gardens are non-slip, even if they are slightly inclined, have handrails and resting places, will keep gardening safe and enjoyable for older people of all kinds.

Once these important considerations have been considered, the actual design or diversity of the garden is a crucial step. Do residents want a butterfly or bird garden with comfortable seats for nature observation? If there is a vegetable garden, can the food be used and harvested safely and easily? Will the cultivation take place only outdoors or can containers be used to target residents with mobility problems? A few tips on general concerns can help create a safe and relaxing job for assisted living residents:

Install trellises and arbors to make fruits, vegetables and flowers easily accessible.

  • Avoid growing giant watermelons or other space travelers and heavy objects.
  • Disperse the rest areas frequently, not only for breaks, but also to enjoy the view.
  • Use easy-to-grasp, manual and secure tools. Make sure that every gardener has good shoes, sun hats, Gloves and sunglasses.
  • Ask residents to garden in the morning or in the evening when it is cooler. Consider providing a water station for thirsty growers.

A well-planned and well-thought-out garden is a beauty and a pleasure for participants and guests. The combination of safety and utility aspects ensures that all residents can participate if they wish. For more help, consider partnering with the local extension or the master gardeners club. Community gardens and civic or religious organizations can also be excellent resources and partners. The thrill of participating and enjoying the creation of life and the growing splendor does not leave us with age and should be available well into our retirement years.