In­door plants get a tick in the class­room

Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates. with Angie Thomas

RE­SEARCH con­ducted by the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy Syd­ney has found that in­clud­ing just three in­door plants in a class­room could in­crease maths scores by up to 14% and spell­ing scores by up to 12%.

In­door plants can also help im­prove air qual­ity and re­duce neg­a­tive moods, so there are nu­mer­ous ben­e­fits in hav­ing a small col­lec­tion of in­door plants in class­rooms.

There are lots of hardy in­door plants that would make ideal class­room green “helpers” in­clud­ing peace lilies, philo­den­dron and devil’s ivy.

In the study, one class ac­tu­ally gave their plants names, which is a re­ally fun idea and gives kids a greater con­nec­tion to their leafy class­mates.

Think about buy­ing a plant for your child’s class­room – con­sider it an in­vest­ment in their health and IQ.

Late win­ter lawn care

As spring ap­proaches lawns will start to emerge from their win­ter slum­ber. We should make sure the soil is in tip-top shape.

Spread­ing lawn food over the lawn in late win­ter pro­vides a rich source of or­ganic mat­ter that will nur­ture and im­prove the soil and en­cour­age earth­worms and ben­e­fi­cial soil mi­cro-or­gan­isms.

And if you haven’t yet treated your lawn for bindii and clover there is still time to re­duce in­fes­ta­tions of these trou­ble­some weeds.

A quick and easy way to con­trol bindii and clover over large ar­eas of lawn is with hose-on spray ap­pli­ca­tors.

If you have a buf­falo lawn it’s im­por­tant to choose weed killers that are safe for buf­falo.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

In­door plants can help chil­dren learn.

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