Daylight savings time is here and we’ve “sprung ahead!” And it’s national Plant a Flower Day so we let’s use our extra hour in the garden!
There are many beneficial reasons to plant flowers in your yard. Not only do they provide an aesthetically pleasing look to your house, garden, or neighborhood, they also possess many environmental benefits as well. 3 benefits to planting flowers include the plants being visually appealing, breeding biodiversity/ enhancing cleaner air, and helping with stress and emotional well-being.
They look pretty!
Planting flowers adds visual interest and color to any landscape. Planted flowers provide flower people with flowers they can cut and bring indoors. Having flowers in shared spaces in a neighborhood makes it more appealing and increases the overall sense of pride in their ‘hood.
As neighborhoods work on bettering their appearance, other parts of the area will be forced to upgrade as well to keep drawing in people. This positively affects everyone. It keeps neighborhoods from ignoring their landscapings, makes them develop green spaces, and forces a bit of healthy competition to keep the area looking good. And… it helps property values!
Helps You Breath
Plants help to remove pollutants from the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen during the process of photosynthesis (remember that from grade school?) . They also can help hold soil in its proper place and reduce flooding and erosion.
The big environmental talk today is that we are in a biodiversity crisis – biodiversity is the variety of life in the world and is the foundation for human health. Have species diversity – or lots of living creatures – from algae to eagles to bears – in a neighborhood assures the environment will continue – whatever that may be. The loss of green space and tree landscapes in overcrowded neighborhoods put this balance at risk. Plants help clean the water and air, pollinate crops, create soil and recycle waste. All this from planting daisies!
Our gardens and yards can greatly impact the biodiversity of a neighborhood. You can attract bats, birds, butterflies, beetles, and other small animals by designing outdoor spaces. This can protect endangered species and create safe spaces for wildlife.
Stress and Mental Health
Studies show that people who spend time planting flowers have less stress in their lives. Plants provide a positive way for people to channel stress by turning it into something happy and productive. It helps people cope with their negative feelings and change those feelings into something beautiful that provides them with joy and comfort.
Studies have also shown that people who spend more time in nature have a more positive outlook on life and have better mental health. Communicating with the natural world also increases people’s feelings of energy and exuberance.
It is National Plant a Flower Day, go outside and plant a flower in your garden, or plant one in the pot inside your house. Either way you will be helping the environment and yourself with one easy task!
Sprinkalawn can help you keep your planted gardens looking beautiful by targeting specific zones for your irrigation system! Contact us today to make sure your system is working for you and your flowers! New system or already installed system, a zone audit will help keep your lawn and gardens beautiful all spring and summer!