Choose Gardening As Your Summer Hobby
Now that the Summer holidays have come around, we can find more spare time to focus on healthier pursuits for spiritual and physical wellbeing. Gardening is a leisurely activity that connects people with the earth and the natural world, it is also an incredible source of beauty and nourishment. Gardening is a great way to bring colour to your yard and outdoor seating areas, as well as generate self-sufficiency through the cultivation of local herbs and vegetables. Read this article if you’d like to learn more about gardening and the materials and tools that will help you to create a beautiful, organised garden – including but not limited to Streetscape’s ubiquitous bollards.
The Benefits Of Gardening
A garden is an incredibly valuable resource in any space, whether that space is in an urban or rural environment. Besides the obvious advantages of cultivating land for the purposes of producing food, gardening on smaller scales has been proven to increase mental and physical health. Gardening allows any homeowner or hobbyist to reap the benefits of the outdoors while still getting exercise done.
Gardening Relieves Stress
Gardening is a meditative process that brings you closer to nature, and it is also considered cognitive behavioural therapy. In this 2011 study ”Gardening Promotes Neuroendocrine and Affective Restoration from Stress”, a group of people were exposed to a stressful event and then monitored to see which therapeutic activity reduced their stress more. Half of the participants were told to read while the other half were told to tend to a garden. The study showed that the participants who gardened had moderated their moods faster than those who read, as they had reduced levels of cortisol (the stress hormone).
Gardening Is Good Exercise
Working in the garden is a great way to flex your muscles and exert yourself in some hearty exercise, as it involves strength training, cardio and flexibility. Yardwork and gardening require you to do light exercises like cutting the grass and raking leaves, as well as more challenging exercises like shovelling and digging deep holes, lifting and carrying bags of soil or compost, moving heavy gardening tools, transporting boulders and bollards, doing manual sheering, mowing and more. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that gardening is in fact considered as exercise, and it can be a great way to burn calories on the weekend.
Gardening Gives You More Vitamin D
More time spent outdoors in the sun has serious health benefits that have been shown to improve anxiety and depression. Just like plants, humans need vitamin D to keep their immune systems strong and their bodily functions running smoothly. Vitamin D has been shown to prevent the risk of cancers in the breast, prostate and bladder, as well as reduce the risk of psoriasis, dementia and diabetes.
Gardening Is A Good Way To Live More Sustainably
Gardening for self-sufficiency can be an incredible way to take ownership over your food consumption. Growing your own vegetables and herbs is a cost-effective way to improve your access to fresh, locally-sourced, culturally appropriate food. Urban gardening also introduces more biodiversity into ‘heat islands’ such as condensed cities where there is not much variation between plant species, and thus very little wildlife. Gardening can encourage more birdlife, bees and butterflies to enter your space, and it is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint since it requires less transport than buying food from chain stores, which involves a lot of transport and hence carbon emissions.
Tips For Beginning Your Own Garden
Check your soil before you begin planting. Test the pH level of your soil to determine whether it is more alkaline or acidic. This will help you discern which plants are best to grow in your particular allotment. This will save you money in the long run.
Consider a design strategy and landscaping scheme beforehand. Get out your sketchbook, and think about the qualities of your plot. Is it south-facing or north-facing? Design your scheme around staple features such as bodies of water, pathways, the orientation of the land, and the view.
Take some time to consider which sort of garden you’d like to cultivate. Would you like a garden that showcases local, indigenous plant species, a garden specifically for vegetables and herbs, a zen garden focused on water bodies, or a traditional garden filled with your favourite flowers? Pick a theme that resonates with you and let it inform your design plan.
Invest in the right tools and materials. Having the correct equipment makes a huge difference, so make sure that you have gloves, sunscreen and a good hat to protect yourself. Thereafter, make sure that you’re using eco-friendly and organic pesticides, as well as good quality shearers for pruning and efficient tools for mowing. Go one step further and invest in a compost bin for maximum sustainability and locally-sourced fertiliser.
Create a structured schedule for planting, feeding and watering your plants. Rather than simply hoping for the best, do your research beforehand and educate yourself on the patterns and preferences of each plant species you’re caring for. This will make the difference between a garden that thrives and a garden that only survives.
Use Streetscape’s Bollards In Your Landscaping Scheme
Bollards are useful in many different landscapes. From parking lots to public pools to gardens, they are a great way to designate spaces and add a level of organisation to your plot. In a garden, bollards are particularly useful for the separation of flower beds and the demarcation of pathways.
Using Bollards For Your Flower Beds Or Vegetable Gardens
It’s important to delineate certain flower beds from others. Even if you’re going for a more organic style, having a mixed variety of plant species can be difficult to keep up with and maintain if you don’t know where one flower bed ends and another flower bed begins. By using cylindrical bollards, you can outline certain flower beds in an aesthetic yet functional way that does not break the rhythm or flow of the overall garden.
These rounded bollards can be placed around your flower beds or vegetable patches to clearly mark off the end of an allotment. This will prove especially useful in a vegetable patch, as the visual delineations between herbs and crops will help you to keep organised as you grow the plants. These bollards will not only provide a functional break in between your plants but they will also add a pleasing visual element that embellishes your outdoor space, creating a moderated textural balance between stone, soil and greenery.
Using Bollards For Your Driveway
Bollards are traditionally used as a security measure in urban landscapes where there are high circulations of traffic. These sturdy structures are an immovable force that prevents veering cars from crushing your freshly mowed grass or your sweet little succulents. These bollards clearly outline the area where cars can and cannot drive, thereby protecting your verge. This will also prove useful if you want to prevent people from parking on your verge, as the large structures are impossible to pass if they are placed about 2 to 3 feet separately and installed permanently.
In the event that someone does veer onto your lawn, the bollard will create a solid impact on the car that stops it from moving further. This could be the feature that prevents a car from colliding with the face of your house and damaging your expensive domestic infrastructure. What’s more, the bollards add a finishing touch to your house’s exterior, presenting a tidy look that says, ‘stay off my lawn’ without the dramatics.
Using Bollards For Your Pathway
Creating a pathway to meander through your garden can be a beautiful feature for any homeowner or visitor to enjoy. These pathways add a sense of direction to your space and help you to navigate a flow and experience that can be aligned to the sensations that you’d like to invite the visitor to observe. For example, you could designate a route for the viewer to move through the vegetables, the flowers, the foliage and then take a final stop at a water feature. These pathways are both functional and pretty, as they add structure to an outdoor space and prevent visitors from stepping on cultivated soil.
Bollards can be used to outline any pathway. They create a visual guideline to follow as you move through the garden, and they also add height to a space – which is an integral design principle that allows the landscape to look more diverse and varied rather than flat and uninteresting. Moreover, bollards are a great way to guide visitors down the right pathway to your home at night when there is less light and more chance of getting lost or tripping over your freshly-potted plants.
Using Bollards As A Safety Measure
In public gardens and botanical landscapes with high-end features, bollards are also used to prevent visitors from overstepping their boundaries. Venue owners and landscape architects can attain bollards that are moveable, and place them wherever necessary depending on the event that they’re hosting and the experience they want to curate. For example, in some sculpture gardens, bollards with connecting chains are placed around the expensive sculptures to warn visitors against touching the installations. In other public gardens, bollards with connecting chains might be placed around damns and lakes to keep children from jumping in the water unattended.
In the case that you might host an event in your outdoor space, such as a music concert or stand-up comedy gig, bollards with security chains make an excellent demarcation between the audience and the stage. Similarly, these bollards are great to separate parking areas from socialising areas. They help to control pedestrian and vehicular traffic without needing to install rigid enforcements that are aesthetically ugly.
These structures are structurally sound and can be installed for permanent or temporary purposes. In other public parks, flat-topped bollards have also been used to provide additional seating arrangements. These reinforced structures provide a sturdy bench that doubles as reinforcement for the soil and cushioning for any passerby who’d like to take a seat and regain their breath momentarily.
Streetscape Offers A Wide Range Of Bollards For All Of Your Landscaping Needs
Bollards are versatile tools that can be used in both urban and rural environments, from public parks in the city to whimsical pathways in your garden. Streetscape has a large variety of stock that allows landscape architects to get creative with their installations. You can select the best bollards for your particular needs, and feel assured that you’re receiving the best quality products for affordable rates.
As you get your hands dirty in the garden this Summer, consider how you can bring variation into your landscape with Streetscape’s bollards. Streetscape has a range of designs that each convey a unique style. You have the option to pick short cylindrical bollards, tall square bollards, short flat bollards in bright colours, or chained bollards with regal designs. The choice is yours!