Caregivers in Norwalk, CT
Summer is a time when many caregivers bring their elderly loved ones outside to spend quality time with their friends and family, take advantage of the warm weather and long daylight hours, and have fun celebrating patriotic holidays with cookouts, pool parties, picnics, or just relaxing in the shade. Now that autumn is upon you, however, it is time to put away the signs of summer and get the lawn ready for the new season. While there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy being outside together throughout the fall season, it is important to prepare the lawn ahead of time so that it is protected and ready to handle the new challenges of the seasons ahead.
Use these tips to prepare your lawn and your aging loved ones' lawn for autumn:
• Close the pool. Whether the pool is an elaborate in-ground model or a simple child's version, if there is a pool in the lawn it is important that you take the time to close it for the season properly. Neglecting this step can lead to drowning hazards, ground damage, and damage to the pool itself. Drain the pool, making sure not to leave large areas of standing water to prevent late season mosquito infestations, and treat it with the proper chemicals to prevent plant growth during the off-season. Cover large pools and put small pools away where they are inaccessible and will not blow away in storms. If you have a large pool, consider hiring a professional to do the closing for you so you are completely confident it is handled properly.
• Mow the lawn. Grass tends to go dormant in cooler weather so you may not have to mow it for several weeks or even months. Do not try to hold off the next mowing for longer by cutting it too short during your last mowing, however. This can expose the roots to sun damage, drowning, and pests, and cause damage to the soil. Instead, mow it down to your usual height so it stays healthy even while dormant and comes back strong when the warm weather returns.
• Disconnect sprinklers. Avoid wasting water, drowning the lawn, and possibly causing damaging erosion by disconnecting your sprinkler system. The fall is cooler and rainier than the summer, and most plants stop growing at this point, meaning using a sprinkler during this season offers little to no actual benefit.
• Plant bulbs. Prepare your parents' lawn for a beautiful garden come spring by planting bulbs now. Check with the almanac for your area to find out when the best time for planting these bulbs would be so you make sure to get them in the ground before the first frost but not so early that they may try to start growing. This is a great way to get in some physical exercise and mental activity, so ask your parents to help you plan out where to put the bulbs and help with the actual planting.
• Trim trees. Have a tree company check all of the trees in your parents' lawn to make sure they are healthy and that there are no limbs that are at risk of falling during a storm. If there are, have them cut back to help prevent serious property damage.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Norwalk, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.