From providing delicious foods to creating beautiful landscapes, there’s nothing plants can’t do. And if it’s been a while since you’ve stopped to appreciate all the things plants are doing for you, now is a great time for a review. In fact, plants are probably doing more to improve your life than you ever imagined.
They give back
Even the novice gardener knows plants provide a strong return on elbow-grease investment. Spending a few hours in your garden isn’t the only part of growing that benefits you — although it certainly does. According to CNN, gardening reduces stress, improves mental health and is a great form of exercise. And, of course, you’ll get to enjoy the fruits of your labor — literally. When you grow your own food, you’re likely to eat more fruits and vegetables and you’ll know what pesticides came into contact with your food. Additionally, gardening allows you to harvest at peak freshness for ultimate flavor and nutrients, according to Harvard Medical School.
They increase your wealth
If you’re like the average American, 25 percent of your personal wealth is invested in your home. That means it’s vital to keep your property in tip-top condition — and looking fine. According to the National Association of Realtors 2016 Remodeling Impact Report, outdoor landscaping adds more value to your home than any indoor project — and for good reason. When someone visits your home, the first thing they see is its exterior and, hopefully, the lush, beautiful landscape around it. So if you’re looking to increase your equity — and your wealth — plants will help you do it.
They save you money
You already know landscaping can increase the value of your home. Did you know it can also save you money on energy bills? According to the Arbor Day Foundation, strategically planting trees can save you a bundle on heating and cooling your home. Trees can preserve shade during the summer months and warmth during the cold season. Trees are also great at blocking cold — or hot — gusts that affect the temperature of your home. For optimal cost savings, plant large deciduous trees on the east, west and northwest sides of your home, according to the foundation’s website.
They keep you healthy
According to the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture, plants can actually improve your health — just by growing near you. The organization’s #plantsdothat campaign highlights many ways plants contribute to optimal health. For example, plants promote wellness by reducing stress and relieving pain — naturally. In studies, patients spent less time recovering from illnesses and injuries if they had a plant in their hospital room. In addition, people recovering from surgery took fewer pain medications when they were in rooms containing plants.
They reduce sick time
Got a favorite office plant? If you don’t, maybe it’s time to visit a local nursery and pick one out. That’s because, statistically, businesses with indoor plants have employees who take fewer sick days — 14 percent fewer sick days. That means if you own a business or you’re an employee who can’t afford to be sick, plants might just be your answer.
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A journalism graduate from Brigham Young University, Kristen Price has experience writing in a variety of fields, including art and culture, health and fitness and financial and real estate services. Kristen has written for USA Today, SFGate and the Knot.