Now is the best time to plant

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Living Local - Autumn 2014

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”.

There are increasing concerns amongst Australians that our urban green spaces are under threat so a national initiative has recently been launched with the title “202020 Vision”. The aim is to increase urban green space in our cities by 20% by the year 2020 in a bid to improve air quality, reduce pollution, improve commercial productivity, cool our cities and combat the lack of community spaces. The need for inter-industry collaboration is of paramount importance and so far there are over 20 advocates and upwards of 50 partner organisations who have already committed to this vision which include government bodies, commercial developers, academics and most importantly the horticultural industry.

 

Whilst the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia, the association of which Elegant Outdoors is a member, is playing it’s part in this huge campaign to green-up our cities, here in the suburbs we can contribute in a somewhat smaller but still very important and significant way. Whilst not everyone has the room to plant a tree, all green life is beneficial to our health and well-being, so the more plants we have around us the happier we will be. Just one house plant helps to purify the air in our homes, flowering shrubs in the garden attract bees & butterflies, growing our own fruit, vegetables and herbs involves and educates our children and brings healthy food to our tables.

Autumn is the optimum time to get planting, as the air and soil temperatures are just right and the roots have enough time to establish themselves before winter arrives.  Dig some composted cow manure through your garden beds that are exhausted by the summer heat, to give your new plants the best start and fertilise them to see them through until spring time.

As each of us improves the green spaces we live in and around, others will feel compelled to stay competitive and will want to beautify their areas too. This “upgrade effect” can only benefit the entire community, as neighbourhoods and businesses encourage each other to landscape and beautify the suburb they share. So, do your bit for yourself, your family and your community and get dirty with us!  Come and see us in the nursery and let us help you choose the best plants for your garden, courtyard or balcony.