If you are lucky enough to have recently had a new resin bound driveway installed, you will be wanting to make sure it stays looking great for the many years ahead. Now is the perfect time to make the most of that new landscaped garden area as National Gardening Week is almost upon us.
Its a time for those of us with green fingers (and beginners too) to get out in the early summer sun and get planting. Your new driveway can look even better and it might just improve your mood and physical fitness too.
National Gardening Week (NGW) falls during the week of April 30 to May 6. It is perfect timing as it is the time of the year when most gardeners are clearing away the ravages of the winter and are looking forward to planting new flowers, vegetables and shrubbery.
If you are lucky enough to have a new driveway added into the mix, you can look forward to a week of making your home and your front garden look very special indeed.
National Gardening Week – what does it mean?
The NGW was launched 7 years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society and has gathered support by gardeners, charities, retailers and heritage organisations who all get involved in some small way over the seven days. In 2018, the main focus is about sharing a passion for plants.
The RHS want people who love gardening to spread their wisdom and help anyone who isn’t too sure. There will be events and activities taking place all across the country including guided walks, workshops, garden parties and more. Most of all, it is about spreading the word that gardening is fun and not the chore that many of us think it is. For a full list of gardening week events, please visit here.
Not too sure about gardening?
How do you feel about gardening? Do you dread the Autumn when all the leaves fall and you know you’ll have to clear them up eventually? Do you curse weeds and the way they have to be dealt with on a regular basis? Do you wish that the lawnmower could stay locked away in the garden shed – forever? It’s true; many of us see gardening as something that must be done rather than something could be fun, inspiring and good for us.
Having a new driveway could be the way that you discover the joys of gardening and getting out during the National Gardening Week could be the kickstart you need to discover the joys of dirt and plants. Most driveways will require a little maintenance from time to time – even resin bound driveways need to be brushed and jet washed occasionally. Follow this link for more information on maintenance of resin bound surfaces.
These routines are also a fantastic time to get your gardening gloves on and improve the look of the areas surrounding your driveway.
There are so many reasons why gardening can be a great way to spend a weekend or even a whole week!
Gardening can promote your physical health
In the UK most of us get far less exposure to sunlight than we should to receive the right levels of vitamin D. This can lead to depression, aches and pains and even rickets. It is recommended that adults get around 10-20 minutes of direct sunlight exposure every day on at the very least their arms and face.
Getting out the in garden for short bursts can be the perfect way to do this. Of course, if you are out in the sun for any longer than this (or if it is the middle of a sunny day) remember to cover up and wear sunscreen.
Gardening can be great for our physical fitness and muscle strengthening. The actions of digging, bending and stretching are all a good workout and use lots of different muscles.
A couple of hours in the garden on a weekend will certainly leave you feeling tired, but satisfied. As we get older, the need to build muscle becomes ever more important and you will feel the benefits over time of this type of sustained and regular exercise.
Gardening is great for mental health
It has been said that gardening is one of the best ways to fight depression and dementia. Studies have shown that the sun exposure and exercise can lower cortisol (stress) responses leading to lowered blood pressure and therefore improved mood. Also, getting to the end of a task and seeing fantastic results can improve anyone’s day.
Gardening, especially out the front of your home, can be a social exercise too. You will need to take trips to the garden centre, talk to other gardeners about what they are doing, get involved in social media forums and even help out at local community gardens.
This all improves the socialisation of anyone who spends a lot of time at home. That has to be a good thing.
Another study showed that gardening could help reduce the risk of dementia by as much as 36%. This could be due to the exercise, but it could also be the increased cognitive activity related to the choosing of plants and the need to remember when to water them and how to care for them.
Your home will improve in value
By simply adding a new resin bound driveway to your home, you have already added significantly to the value of your home, but the addition of some great landscaping and planting could boost that even more. In fact, it has been said by real estate agents that homes with usable and beautiful outdoor spaces can be worth 20% more than home without.
Planting around your new driveway will soften the hard edges, ensure that water runs off in a safe and environmentally friendly way and you can use your creativity to create a front garden that your neighbours will be jealous of. Your home will look more impressive, your driveway will look more like it is a part of the house and your home will increase in value – what’s not to like?
You can even save money
While you may be thinking that creating a new garden is hard work and is likely to be expensive, it is worth noting that there are ways that your new garden can help you save money too.
While you may not have considered it, the areas around your driveway can be perfect for the planting of vegetables and fruits. Often borders of this type are relatively small and uniform in size, therefore they lend themselves to rows of vegetables.
You can also build raised beds that act as a border to the driveway and make the perfect spot for tomatoes and beans. Over time, these vegetables can allow you to save money on your shopping. Even if this is stretching the point somewhat – the fruits and vegetables are great for your health and will give your satisfaction knowing your grew them yourself.
So, the installation of your new driveway could be the start of a beautiful relationship between you and your garden. And what better time to start than during National Gardening Week. Here’s hoping for perfect weather so you can get out there and see what needs doing. For more information on our resin bound surfacing services visit here.
Who knows, it might make you feel great and improve the look of your home all in one fun and productive week.