6 gardening tips for seniors and their caregivers

Bryan Aldrige

March 26, 2012

Gardening can be a fun and rewarding activity for seniors!If you're looking for a fun activity that will get your loved one up and moving throughout the warm weather months, gardening might be a great idea. It's a fun, rewarding pastime that can be made easier for seniors who have trouble getting around. Your relatives will love the look that a few flowers, trees and shrubs will lend to their property, and you can help them choose varieties that will bloom all season long. Here are six tips to help you get started.

1. Start out with an herb container garden in the kitchen. When placed on an easily-accessible windowsill, these little plants will flourish the more you pinch and pick them. Try using herbs that you or your loved one often use in cooking, like basil, parsley, chives and rosemary.

2. Instead of annual flowers, you might want to choose perennials as well as shrubs and trees. This will ensure that you won't have to plant entirely new plants every year. Instead, you and your loved one will only have to do a bit of maintenance to keep the blooms healthy and beautiful.

3. Mulch around the plants. If you take the time to mulch around your loved one's plants, you'll be saving him or her a lot of effort that would otherwise go into weeding. Mulch can not only prevent weeds from growing, but it can make plants go for longer periods of time without watering and keep the soil in good condition.

4. Plant vertically whenever possible. If you use an arbor or a trellis, your loved ones won't have to bend over or stoop in order to reach the plants for watering, weeding or pruning. There are many types of plants that can climb up such structures, so do a bit of research before you head to the store.

5. Invest in a medical alert system from Bay Alarm. If your loved one ever experiences an accident while gardening in or around his or her home, assistance will be available at the push of a button. You'll both have peace of mind with a medical alarm device.

6. Purchase the right gardening tools. There are many tools that are designed to make gardening easier for seniors. This includes those with long handles, oversized grips and improved leverage. A lightweight watering can is also a good idea, as well as a hose that's located close to the garden. Even a comfortable stool or chair can be useful.