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Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year
Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

ATLANTA -- The new year comes with many resolutions. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can actually be achieved from the ground up – in the garden!

To help gardeners of all levels welcome 2015 with more than just a bountiful harvest, Pike Nurseries offers the top three garden resolutions for a healthy, wholesome and nutritious New Year!

1. Improve Health with Houseplants

To create a cleaner, greener and healthier home, start 2015 with a new houseplant! Research has revealed that certain common houseplants can actually remove pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia from a room’s air efficiently, releasing oxygen and improving the overall health of an environment. These indoor plants also bring in much needed color during the winter, and can even help fight colds and reduce stress – the perfect way to kickoff the new year!

Houseplants that ranked in the top of NASA’s list of Air Cleaning Champions include peace lilies, philodendron and sansevieria.

2. Keep the Garden in Shipshape

A well-maintained garden not only adds curb appeal to a home, but it also protects the landscape against pests and keeps it healthy all year-long. All it takes is some simple neatening throughout each season: prune dormant plants, cut back perennials, pick up leaf debris, add more mulch and remove dead annuals and weeds.

Gardening and doing yard work are also great forms of exercise and use all major muscle groups! Whether it is weeding, pruning or digging, working outside can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol or prevent diabetes, heart disease, depression and osteoporosis when practiced on a regular basis. Keeping a well-maintained garden can even ease and calm the mind, allowing people the chance to experience the pure beauty and joys of nature.

3. Fuel up on Homegrown Fruits

Fresh homegrown fruits not only add beautiful color to a landscape, but they also pack a powerful nutrient punch! Because edibles grown from the garden provide a safe food source, they are actually higher in nutrients than the ones that have traveled several thousands of miles to get to the local grocery store. Better yet, having children assist in the garden can increase the chance that they will eat more of the fruits and vegetables they have helped to grow!

Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries – also referred to as powerful superfoods – are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Harvesting fruit trees are another way to add fruity flavor to the landscape. January is a great time to add a blueberry bush to the landscape, or even to plant apple, plum or peach trees in the yard.