Stress less, plant more: Pike reveals top benefits of gardening.

Local garden center professionals share the dirt on gardening perks

By Pike Nurseries April 6, 2020

Springtime reminds us to look for the beauty in change. It is the perfect time to get outside and rediscover the peaceful retreat of a garden. The experts at Pike Nurseries recommend exercising green thumbs to transform outdoor or indoor spaces into a tranquil oasis. With benefits for the mind, wallet, and waistline, playing in the dirt improves overall health and wellness.

Eat Healthier

Edible gardens provide easy access to herbs, vegetables, and fruits at home. Homegrown produce saves money at the market and helps develops a habit of eating healthy with new, delicious recipes. Planting berries in the backyard is the ultimate summer treat – producing delicious, nutrient-packed fruit. Finally, children introduced to growing their own food at a young age by tending modern-day victory gardens are also more likely to eat their veggies!

Relieve Stress

Caring for and nurturing plants serve as a soothing activity and a creative outlet for the whole family! Studies show that playing in the dirt has therapeutic results – calming the mind, improving moods, relieving anxiety and easing depression. The act of growing plants promotes relaxation and boosts moods, as well as restores faith for the future. Aromatic herbs such as lavender, mint, and rosemary can be grown in small spaces and incorporated into a relaxation routine.

Increase Concentration
For those working from home, adding houseplants to an office space can increase attention span and creativity. Exposure to nature and outdoor activities can also help to develop a child’s awareness. Families can involve children by watching birds and butterflies, planting seeds and picking flowers; these activities exercise their creativity and release pent up energy, later improving their focus during more sedentary homeschool lessons.

Breathe Easier
Research reveals that houseplants – such as the Peace Lily and Pothos – can remove small levels of pollutants from the air while releasing oxygen and increasing humidity for an overall healthier environment.

Burn Calories

At-home workouts are becoming go-to fitness routines, so the experts at Pike Nurseries recommend getting outside! Yardwork is considered moderate-level exercise according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and includes raking leaves, pulling weeds, pushing the mower, digging holes and lifting bags of soil or mulch. These activities can help with weight loss and improve strength, stamina, and flexibility.

In an effort to keep customers safe, all Pike Nurseries locations are now exclusively offering delivery and curbside pick-up. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Customers can complete an online form or call a local store to order, and a Pike Nurseries employee-owner will return the call to personally consult on the request and finalize the order.

Pike Nursery, Buckhead
4020 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: 404-843-9578

Pike Nurseries, Acworth
3602 Cobb Parkway
Acworth, Georgia 30101
Phone: 678-574-5868

Pike Nurseries, Milton
3155 Bethany Bend
Milton, Georgia 30004
Phone: 678-433-9060

Pike Nurseries, Cumming
6050 Bethelview Road
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Phone: 770-205-1737

Pike Nurseries, East Cobb
2900 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, Georgia 30062
Phone: 770-640-6468

Pike Nurseries, Suwanee
1105 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
Suwanee, Georgia 30024
Phone: 770-271-5433

Pike Nurseries, Toco Hills
2101 LaVista Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
Phone: 404-634-8604

Pike Nurseries, Marietta
1875 Roswell Road
Marietta, Georgia 30062
Phone: 770-977-3040

Pike Nurseries, Johns Creek
5795 State Bridge Road
Alpharetta, Georgia 30022
Phone: 770-813-5050

Pike Nurseries, Lindbergh
2410 Camellia Lane NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
Phone: 404-869-2875

Pike Nurseries, West Cobb
3431 Barrett Parkway, NW
Marietta, Georgia 30064
Phone: 770-423-1650

Pike Nurseries, Towne Lake
2475 Towne Lake Parkway
Woodstock, Georgia 30189
Phone: 770-926-3252

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Please view other Pike Nurseries articles: Online Advice with Kid’s Corner, Juicy tips for tasty tomatoes, Heat-Loving Plants for Summer,  Tips for planting modern-day victory gardensGarden-to-Grill tips, Personalized Container Gardens,   Garden-Themed LearningHealthier Landscape, Hottest Pet-Safe Houseplants, Picking the Perfect Pumpkinand Top essentials for a colorful spring garden.

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