Lismore Garden Club News

Gardening is a fun, relaxing and satisfying activity, with so many added health benefits. I hope the following information inspires you to get outside and get stuck into gardening this weekend.

Creating a beautiful garden that reflects your personality provides you with a surprising number of health benefits. It can also save you money and add value to your home.

We feel a great sense of pleasure when surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden. It has a positive impact on many aspects of our lives, and is thought to improve health by promoting relaxation and restoring balance to hectic modern lifestyles.

Just looking at a beautiful garden is good for us, according to many health experts, because it lowers blood pressure, boosts immune function and generally reduces stress levels. Gardening also provides the added benefits of regular exercise and exposure to fresh air and sunlight.

Although it takes time to fully develop a landscaped garden, you can achieve a lot by planning ahead and doing it a little at a time. Start by deciding exactly what you would like for your garden have a look through magazines or books if you need some inspiration.

Prune and tidy up any plants you want to keep, then clear out weeds and any dead or diseased plants. Plant trees for shade and shrubs for privacy, and if you want them, establish garden beds with flowering annuals and perennials. Dont forget to include an outdoor entertaining area in your plans a simple table and chairs, surrounded by a few potted plants, instantly creates an alfresco dining area with little expense or effort.

Landscaping can also provide financial health by increasing the value of your home. According to Money Magazine, high quality landscaping can add five to 11 per cent to the value of your home depending on its location, with property owners only needing to spend half a per cent of the value of the property to significantly increase its worth.

Its wise to consider sustainable gardening methods, such as using water wise plants, greywater recycling systems and water tanks, and growing organic vegies, when planning your landscaped garden. This will give you a sense of satisfaction knowing your are doing your bit to help the environment. ABC Gardening Australia Magazine.

The Lismore Garden Club November outing was a huge success with 17 people turning up for the car pool day trip. Dont forget the club Christmas party today (Thursday, November 29) from 11.45am at the Lismore Workers Club. Pay at the door. Members and visitors are most welcome. For information phone Dorothy on 6621 4100 or Ray on 6625 1773.

Finally: Creating your own landscaped garden is a healthy, exciting and very satisfying activity.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns

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