Leaves are Falling and Tips for Yard Work and In Home Elderly Care

The temperatures are officially dropping.  The need for a coat in the evenings and early mornings is becoming unavoidable.  The days are getting shorter and chilly nights are growing longer.  With winter fast approaching it is time to prepare our homes and yards for the colder air.

You may have an elderly loved one who is finding it more difficult to keep up with daily household chores, let alone find the energy to winterize their home and yard.  There are just a few simple tasks that can be performed to ready your elderly loved one’s yard for the winter months ahead.  First off, clean out and weed all of their garden areas.  Turn soil and aerate the ground to save yourself and your senior loved one back breaking work planting in the spring.  Remember to fertilize the areas to further prepare the ground for spring seeding.

Trim away any loose branches and any limbs off trees to help shape them and cut them back.  Fall is the time of year when you can safely transplant any trees and shrubs that have outgrown their areas and dig up any other tender plants that simply need to be moved inside to avoid freezing.  Tie limbs of upright evergreens and plants to prevent them from breaking in high winds and heavy snow.  If you have any bulbs that can be divided, spread them to fill other areas in the yard.  This will help to control their size and location.

Once your garden beds have been tilled and fertilized and the shrubs have been relocated to a better growing area, cover the ground with fallen leaves or straw.  An extra layer of mulch around the roots of your trees will help to protect them from freezing.

Remember to remove the garden hose and turn off any outside water to prevent freezing the pipes.  Store lawn furniture and potentially breakable lawn ornaments in the garage or shed.  If your loved one lives in an area prone to major snowfall, make sure their snowblower is operational and there is plenty of fuel ready.  You may even want to look into a commercial snow removal service to further lift the burden of winter off your loved one’s shoulders.

While it doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare your loved one’s home for winter, it may be a lot for them to handle alone.  If you would like to learn more about in home elderly care for your senior loved ones and in home dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Clearwater to speak to a senior care specialist today 727-210-1414!  Senior Helpers of Clearwater provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Largo, Seminole, and St. Petersburg.

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