A Checklist for Aging Gardens
based on those of Leech Goodrich
Your garden has arrived, matured. Passers-by and even garden tourists praise your work.
But not only has the garden aged, but so also the gardener, the gardener's knees, back, etc. What next? What strategies are there to keep up with the joy of tending the garden?
Here is a checklist for consideration:
Pathways: What used to be quaint paths
have now become unsteady: pavers rise and fall with the seasons and the
slopes of walkways may challenge accessibility
walls: Cracks widen; stones and bricks tumble
seating may become overgrown and inaccessible, and subject
- Water management
- Stormwater runoff, collection, watering, rainwater harvesting, rain gardens
channels that treat and retain stormwater from one place to another
- Permeable pavements
infiltrate, treat, and/or store rainwater where it falls.
- Soil management
Plants may have depleted nutrients
and are ready for fetilizer and/or compost.
disintegrates and landscape fabric becomes compromised and
- Perennial gardens
- The passing of a favorite has left a bare spot
- A perennial is over-grown and needs rejuvenation, or has lost its vigor
- A hybrid has not only reverted, but also seeds with careless abandon
- .A commercial hybrid doesn't perform as well as
- Weather (drought, storms, winter, etc.) cause havoc
- Trees and shrubs
Need regular maintenance: review
each for how to best feature them, or to contain them, or to
Prune for artistic, encroachment and containment of shade
- Lawn vs garden--edging and design
- annuals vs perennials, low vs high maintenance
- Shed, equipment and tools
- plant propagation
Considerations toward maintenance
- Adding shrubs
- Containerraised beds
- Weathered Objects
- Fertilize for health
- Group plants by needs, thugs!
- Ergonomic tools
- Garden carts
- Relatives/children mentoring
- List and assess; rank and rate
- Experts & master gardeners & garden clubs
- Tool maintenance
In the garden
there are no hours--
Gardens are a form of autobiography.