The Spring Equinox has just passed which means it’s time for your gardening tools to emerge from the dusty, dark shed again! Your planter has been sitting dry and dull for too long - it’s time to prepare your gardening beds to be brimming with buzzing bees and fluorescent flowers.
In a study from Texas A&M University, Professor Melinda Knuth and Charles Hull found that plants - whether you are planting them or just being in an open green space - can help alleviate stress, depression, and anxiety. The study highlights the importance of taking a few moments out of your day to be in nature; their research found that taking the time to be in natural settings can even improve concentration! The next time you find your brow in a furrow, hit snooze on your work and take a five-minute breather to admire your garden!
Here are three projects to start in the months of March and April if you live in Houston:
1. Invest in trees!
Early Spring is optimal for planting new trees around your home, whether they are ornamental, fruit, or shade trees. Although it might take a few years until fruition, trees can benefit not only your yard aesthetic, but also improve air quality, conserve water, preserve soil health, and support wildlife. Make sure to apply a layer of mulch around the roots, and water regularly during their first few years!
2. Get your veg on!
Nothing feels better than making a summer salad out of your own home-grown veggies! Get your vegetable garden started with tomatoes, peppers, okras, and eggplant. Beans, such as lima and Snap Bush, are also great varieties to introduce to the lot.
Tip: According to Pennington, tomato plants need around 1-2 inches of water per week!
3. What is your color scheme this year? Plant sun and shade perennials for a beautiful garden this spring and summer!
Some sun-loving perennials that would thrive in Houston’s March include Shasta daisy, skullcaps, coreopsis, lantana, and bee balms. Depending on the availability of your local nursery, annuals like marigolds, impatiens, pentas, moss ross, and angelonia are all great selections to start planting in March.
Don’t forget to add in a mix of shade-loving perennials! These shady perennials would look great under that tree you’re about to plant; March favorites include firespike, shrimp plant, Persian shield, cat whiskers, and creeping jenny.
While you work on these three projects, make sure to start tending to your rose plants! Especially as the weather starts to warm, pruning roses, shrubs, and trees while they’re dormant will encourage growth later in the year. Remember to prune at least once a year.
Needing an additional hand in the garden? Local ToDoolie Helpers understand the importance of getting a jumpstart on making your garden beautiful. Whether it’s pruning your rose bushes or re-potting house plants, ToDoolie wants to help. Book a Helper today and look forward to a blooming garden in just a few weeks! Happy Spring and happy planting!