The winter weather might be cold and gloomy, but there are still plenty of gardening tasks for you to complete this season. Gardening may help to maintain your native plants, but it can also provide YOU with a variety of health benefits. Zip up your coat, dust off your trowel, and head outdoors to reap the many rewards of gardening.
Gardening has been proven to increase one’s mood and reduce cortisol levels. During a Dutch study in 2010, researchers asked a large group of people to complete a stressful task. Afterward, they required one half of the group to sit and read and the other half to participate in a light gardening exercise. The group of gardeners reported experiencing better moods than the reading group!
Improve Heart Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gardening is an excellent way to get physical activity. Active people are less likely to have high blood pressure and heart disease, and that includes gardeners of all ages. Various tasks, from weeding to planting, can increase one’s heart rate and strengthen muscles!
The strength of our hands and overall dexterity diminishes as we age. Gardeners maintain the strength and dexterity of their hands by completing productive tasks such as pruning and fertilizing. Please note that if you have a history of hand injuries or hand discomfort, it’s important to avoid straining yourself while gardening.
Boost the Immune System
Spending time outdoors helps to boost the immune system! The winter sunshine might not be warm, but you’re still receiving plenty of Vitamin D from the UV rays. Furthermore, the bacteria commonly found in gardening soil has been found to alleviate symptoms of allergies and asthma!
AMERICAN NATIVE PLANTS
Whether you’re looking to build a rain garden or beautify your property, American Native Plants can provide you with the right plants for the job. With an inventory of over 400,000 native trees, native shrubs, and herbaceous plants consider American Native Plants your one-stop shop for wholesale native plant needs.
Our nursery, conveniently located in Middle River, Maryland, is open year-round to accommodate your native plant needs. We are constantly updating and increasing our inventory to meet the demands of our customers.