Creating a wheelchair accessible garden path

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Creating a wheelchair accessible gardens

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Succulent gardens have become a major trend over the past several years. They are not only very attractive and interesting, but they also require minimal upkeep. You can create a wheelchair accessible garden using succulents, because they are so easy to maintain. Here's a comprehensive guide to disabled succulent gardening. 

Before you create your accessible garden, the first thing you will need to do is create a wheelchair accessible garden path. This is very important, because the path will give the gardener a stable place where they can work from. There are many materials you can use to create wheelchair accessible garden paths. These include asphalt, concrete, and some forms of granite. The ADA has full specifications for disabled friendly pathway materials online. 

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You will need to level your yard to ensure that there isn't too much of an incline for wheelchair use. For this, you may need assistance from a contractor. Before creating your garden, it is always helpful to have a professional come in and assess your accessible outdoor space. Although you may be able to create the accessible garden on your own, it is always helpful to check before starting work on the area. When choosing a location for your wheelchair accessible paths, aim for the most efficient route, so that you can access as many of your succulent plants as possible from a small amount of pathways. 

Choosing The Best Succulents for an accessible garden

After you create your accessible paths, you will need to determine which types of succulents will be the most efficient for your needs. There are so many different types of succulents out there to choose from, and visiting your local garden store can help you get an idea of what succulents are available. There are many factors to consider when choosing your succulents. The first thing to think about is what grows naturally in your area and what will work in your climate. Although succulents tend to be quite low-maintenance, they still have certain requirements that need to be met for them to grow efficiently. If you live in a hot, dry climate, the succulents that will work for you will be very different than if you live in a more temperate climate. 

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You will also want to think about the aesthetic balance of your accessible garden. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to gardening and plant life. Spend some time looking at photos to determine which types of succulents appeal to you the most. You can also ask staff at your local gardening center what they think would work well nicely if you aren't sure. The succulents should be balanced in size so that they look nice in your garden. If you already have some plants in your yard, consider what would go best with the existing plants and trees. Finally, you should consider what type of maintenance is required for the succulents and whether you will be able to manage it in a wheelchair. Luckily, most succulents only need the occasional watering and exposure to sun to thrive. This can be handled very easily from a wheelchair. 

Laying the Foundation for an accessible garden

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After you have chosen the succulent plants you would like for your garden, it is now time to lay the foundation. Succulents will need gravel to absorb water, because they aren't happy when their roots are wet. Start by laying down a layer of gravel appropriate to the size of your succulents. Consult your local garden store to see what type of gravel will work best for your succulent plants. Then, you will need to lay down some soil with an appropriate mixture for succulents. Succulents need to be planted in dirt that is drier than your average soil, so you may need to add some sand to the mix to find the right balance. Then, you are ready to start planting your succulent plants. Place them so that they not only look aesthetically pleasing, but so they also are appropriately spaced. Each succulent plant will need some space to grow healthily. The succulents should also be placed so that they get enough sun and shade.

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Maintaining Your Succulent Garden

Now that your accessible succulent garden is installed, all you need to do is take care of it. Luckily, succulents don't require much maintenance, so you won't have to take much time or effort out of your daily routine to take care of them. Succulents are actually designed to be drought resistant, so they don't need much water to thrive. Do some research to determine how much water your specific plants will need to stay healthy. If you struggle to remember to water plants, you can always set a timer on your phone to remind you. Always water your succulents at the base instead of at the top of the plant. When the plants receive too much water at the top, they can rot. You should also use bug spray to keep pests away from your succulents. 

Since there will be gravel in your accessible succulent garden, it is important to keep it maintained so that it is wheelchair friendly. If too many pebbles and gravel escape from the garden area, it can make the path difficult for wheelchairs and accessibility in general. Periodically sweep any loose gravel back into the succulent garden. You may also want to add other decorations into your accessible garden to make it more attractive and comfortable, such as flowers, lights, and benches. You can find many garden accessories at a local plant nursery or home shop. These can really spruce up your garden and make it even more exciting and appealing. 

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Succulent gardens are beautiful and stylish, and they can really transform your yard from boring to exciting very quickly. They are also very easy to maintain, so they are perfect for disabled or wheelchair gardeners who want plants in their yard. After your succulent garden is complete, you will have the perfect place to relax outside. The succulents are very hearty and resistant to drought, and they are very difficult to kill. Planting your own garden provides a sense of satisfaction and pride for all abilities.

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