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Friday, 7 September 2012

Green therapy

green therapy

Stress can be a part of everyday life and more and more people are looking for ways to reduce daily tension. The demands of work, family life, and obligations can all add up to pressure and stress in our lives. There are many ways to deal with stress such as relaxation, exercise, having a hobby, meditation, and such.

Gardening is a fantastic combination of all the above to combat stress. Studies have shown that one of the benefits of gardening is that it can aid physical, mental, and emotional healing, and this is called "horticultural therapy".

Gardening allows your mind to relax, as the pace of work is soothing and peaceful. Concentrate on nurturing your garden and plants is a great way to ease your mind and live in the moment. Having a garden is like having your own private retreat.

You can escape from the everyday stress in your own garden and reconnect with nature. It is an enjoyable activity and you are in control of designing your garden to fit your personal style, and you don't really need a large amount of space to create your place of escapism. You can grow variety of trees such as Bonsai, cacti, flowering trees. Fruit bearing trees can add a lot of to your garden.

You can also includes different types of rocks to your garden to make it look interesting. Some commonly used rocks are blue stone, flagstone, purple quartz, pink quartz, river rock, and red rock. A beautiful garden depends on how each of the elements is laid out and how accessible it is.

In addition, gardening is also a form of exercise, 'a workout' as when you are raking, digging, and planting you are using all the major muscles in your body and this raise the endorphins, which makes you feel good and lowers your stress level.

In the end, it provides valuable rewards to uplift your mood and reduce stress. You will feel a sense of accomplishment when your garden yields crops of lush flowers or vegetables, which you have planted. A good garden area can be a timeless source of joy and pride to its owners. It cab ever changing, thus ruling out the chances of you being bored with the same look.

Overall gardening can provide you with a full range of stress reducing benefits. Get out in the garden and enjoy the unique combination of exercise, relaxation, and rewards that gardening provides.

How to start gardening.

There are some basic steps that are important to successfully raise plants under demanding conditions. Follow the steps below to learn how to start gardening:

1. Find an appropriate plot of land.

In most urban and suburban areas, unused and uncared-for-space abound. You can find them along sidewalks, on the sides of overpasses, or freeway on-ramps, between buildings, on road medians and more. Plant near a water source, if lack of water is a problem.

2. Take note of the condition of the land.

It will almost certainly need some preparation before getting started. Will you need to remove weeds, trash, or other forms of waste? Is the soil rocky, clay-like, or more earthy?

3. Determine what plants to use in your garden.

This is a critical step as your choice of plants has a huge effect on the likelihood of success or failure of your garden. Select hardy plants that can thrive with intermittent care, You probably won't be able to easily water, weed, ad fertilise your garden in the same way that you could if you were gardening around your home. Choose plants that can withstand variations in watering and other care schedules. Here are a few suggestions:

* Choose plants that naturally grow in your area. Native plants area an ecologically sound choice as they are be well-suited to the amount of sun and rain, temperature swings, and other climatological factors.

* Be aware of conditions in the plot of land you will be growing on. For example, is it heavily shaded or does it get a lot of morning or afternoon sun? Be sure to choose plants that are a good for your light, moisture, and soil conditions.

* Choose inexpensive plants. Save the pricey plants for gardens in protected areas. Choose plants that you can easily afford to replace.

* Select impactful plants, ones that will be green and bright, and will make a difference for as much of the year as possible. Also consider plants that create habitats for butterflies, birds, and other native species.

4. Plant your initial gardening mission.

Think of your backyard pr front yard like any other art form, such as a canvas. Measure the scale of your landscape to determine which elements you will incorporate. What is the scale of your property? Does your house fit well on your land size? Determine when you will work, who will assist you, and what you need (plants, tools, water, fertiliser, etc.). Arrange a day and time to do the work.

5. Consider the basic elements of landscape design.

Scale, colour, texture, and focal point. Include these elements in your landscape design. Recognise your theme. Some families prefer verdant garden with flowers, and others - specifically the uptown neighborhood - boast it by landscaping with bridges, water fountains, or mini ponds.

6. Observe the focal point at eye level.

How if flows, governed by the arrangement of your softscape or hardscape. Eye movement is unconsciously influenced by the way plant groupings fit or flow together both on the horizontal and vertical planes. The focal point is the center of visual attention, often different from the physical center of the work. You can make a fountain your focal point which is essentially the trend in gardening industry.

7. Customise your landscape according to your pleasure and preference.

Landscaping is a depiction of scenery you want to have in your own property. In doing so, it requires proper planning, designing, and managing. Remember, the key to good landscaping is proportion which adhere to your house architecture and compound.

Taken from: News Straits Times - 5 September 2012 (article), Google (images).

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