“Keep it simple and neat with plenty of red flowers” that is what my mother tells me! That’s a good place to start, but what does Aging In Place really mean?
Aging In Place is a term used when a homeowner’s goal is to live in their home well into their golden years. For outdoor spaces, it means easy accessibility, low maintenance, eco-friendly, and maintaining a well-rounded and colorful life outdoors. For many baby boomers, the thought of downsizing is a re-occurring thought. If you are anticipating a move in the near future, here’s a short checklist to keep in your back pocket:
When getting close to or already in retirement years, baby boomers tend to favor the practical side of outdoor living and their landscapes. A sensible place to start is to reduce the size or eliminate your lawn. Ground covers can make a beautiful carpet without the need for mowing and constant maintenance. My favorite online source for lawn replacement ground covers is at https://www.stepables.com/. Have fun; there is a wealth of information on that website.
When selecting new plants or swapping out the old, choose native plants; you’ll be amazed at the selections and opportunities for seasonal color. If you enjoy flower gardens, incorporate raised garden beds, containers, or hanging baskets.
When to Start Planning?
If aging in place with ease is your goal, then now is the time to start. Take an inventory of your outdoor landscape environment and envision a practical and more enjoyable lifestyle in 10, 20, or 30 years. The essential conveniences for your garden are automatic irrigation with moisture sensors and LED outdoor lighting. Hands down, it will make your outdoor life much simpler and more enjoyable!
Things to Inventory and Evaluate in Your Landscape
When creating your Aging In Place landscape and garden, just remember what my mother says, “keep it simple and neat with plenty of red flowers!”
BauerCombs & Associates, Inc. specializes in senior living landscapes and northwest sensory gardens. We know and understand the importance of connecting people with nature to inspire joyful outlooks and healthy social lifestyles.
Author: Susan Combs Bauer, Landscape Architect, Copyright © 2018 BauerCombs & Associates, Inc. www.bauercombs.com (425) 496-7772
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