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Limited mobility:

If you have limited mobility, STEPABLES® can definitely be an asset in your garden.
Picking the right plant material for your garden will be very important in creating a low maintenance landscape that is pleasing to the eye and easy to live with.

Many STEPABLES® will bunch up in tight quarters. These plants are made to move, so if lateral growth is not allowed (block wall, pathway edging, decking, side of house, not enough space between stones), vertical growth will be the outcome. This may not be a problem for many people, but for many older folks or disabled people, lifting a leg higher (even if it is only a couple of inches) can pose problems.

  • Find a plant that grows tight to the ground, or one that can be cut back to keep low. You do not want speed bumps between your stones.
  • Use slow to moderate growing plants. Fast growers will fill in quickly but require much more maintenance.
  • Use larger stones to make it easier to walk or wheel around your patio. Wheelchairs are fine for most established STEPABLES®, but you will need the stone space to turn and maneuver well.
  • Walk/wheel often on your plants. This will keep them low.




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