A new year brings endless possibilities and tangible excitement for all that’s to come! It also means resetting and establishing those New Year’s resolutions, so you can start the year off right. We’re sharing some top New Year’s resolutions for plant care to get you motivated and moving out in the garden this year. Take a look below to get started!
Become a Gardener
The first step is to become a gardener if you aren’t already one! Gardening is one of the greatest activities for benefiting your overall health and well-being. Being out in the garden is proven to boost your mood, reduce stress and foster creativity and a sense of accomplishment. Plus, it’s a fun activity that you can enjoy on your own or with others.
No matter your skill level, gardening is a timeless hobby for anyone and everyone. Planting gives you something meaningful to invest your time and energy into. You’ll be able to see your progress and watch your work come to life! If you’re looking for a new hobby or fun activity to start this year, try your hand at gardening. You won’t regret it!
Share the Joy of Gardening
If you’re already an avid gardener, try getting a friend or family member into gardening. It’s the perfect bonding activity, and you’ll be helping make the world a little greener together. If you have kids, try teaching them some gardening tips and get them involved in caring for your plants. You’ll have fun getting outside in the fresh air and doing something meaningful together. There’s nothing like sharing the joy of planting with others. Gardening on your own is wonderful, but planting with friends and family is even better!
Invest in Your Plants
In the new year, be sure to spend some quality time with your plants. This might sound funny, but plants, much like people, need regular love and attention if you want them to thrive. Check in on them to make sure they’re getting enough water and sunlight, clean them up, if necessary, by trimming any unsightly leaves and branches, or even researching tips and tricks for your specific plants. Getting in the habit of monitoring your plants is the best way to help them grow strong and happy. It only takes a few minutes each day!
You can even start a journal to keep track of all your different plants and their specific needs. This will help you stay on task with routine maintenance like watering and checking for any pest or disease symptoms. Try making notes weekly – this will help you track your progress over time and act as a reference guide. Plus, it serves as great plant parent motivation!
Plant Something New
Take a chance and plant something new! The new year is for fresh beginnings, so why not try something fun and different with your landscape or indoor homescape? Have you been thinking of adding a border planting to your sidewalk or filling that empty space in your backyard? Maybe your tired of the same old shrubs and need a change of scenery. Well, now’s your chance to spice things up! Try a new mix of varieties - get yourself a rare house plant, a fun fruiting tree, or an evergreen tree for year-round interest. Stretch your planting abilities and get creative because it’s out with the old and in with the new this year!
Create a Compost Pile
If you’ve never tried composting, now is the time to do so! Composting is a great way to strengthen your garden and promote healthy plant growth. When you use things like kitchen leftovers and yard waste in your garden, it recycles key nutrients back into the soil. This, in turn, benefits your plants, reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers, helps the dirt retain more moisture, saves money, helps the environment, and much more.
Start by creating a pile in your yard and filling it with items like egg shells, vegetable waste, coffee grounds, fresh grass clippings, leaves and more. Over time, you’ll have nutrient packed material to use for your in-ground and potted plants. Easy and extremely beneficial, it’ll help you feel good about gardening! Learn more about composting here.
Wintertime is the perfect season to start organizing your garden. Plants may be dormant and bare this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead for springtime. Sketch out a new garden design, make a list of things you’d like to accomplish in your landscape once warmer weather hits, and order any supplies you my need. Come spring you’ll be glad you planned ahead, and you’ll be able to hit the ground running. Getting your garden organized is smart and fun – it’s the best way to get excited for the planting season ahead!
Check Out Our Resource Content
Last but not least, check out all the resource content we have available. From tips and tricks to keep your plants thriving to seasonal care, plant recommendations, videos and more, we’ve got you covered. Our resources will help your plants stay healthy and thriving into the new year and beyond! Take a look to learn more.
And don’t forget to shop our wide selection of trees, shrubs, house and patio plants, fruits and more at FastGrowingTrees.com. After all, a new year calls for new plants!
Happy New Year, and happy planting!