Perennials, Plant 'Em!
Green Tip Tuesday WE’RE LIVE. How’s everyone doing? It’s been nothing but blue bird skies and oddly enough, pow pow pooowwww from winter storm STEELLLLAAA (52” ish to be exact)! It’s been some of the most fun riding we’ve seen all season, folks, and it’s March. Before we get into it, big shout out to CEO/artist/best filmer on the mountain, Adam, for winning a slope style comp out in Bear Valley, CA! Way to rep VT bud.
Alright, onto this week’s Green Tip. Since it’s been so warm and sunny lately, I’ve got spring on the mind (and spring riding) and spring means plants growing, woohooo! That means soon it’ll be time for you to plant your gardens, whether it’s vegetables, fruits, flowers, bushes, whatever floats your boat. When planning out your green spaces be sure to keep one thing in mind; perennials. Why perennials? Because. That’s why.
Really though, there are many advantages of using perennial species, or at least integrating them with other flora inhabiting the same area. To start, perennials are plants with long life cycles, lastings many years, unlike annuals, which only last for one year. The longer life cycles of the perennial type allow for the root system to grow much more extensive than its annual counterpart. The more extensive root system is where all the magic happens people, get ready.
Long root systems allow for more carbon to absorbed from the air, which means perennials help fight increasing levels of CO2 and climate change. Perennial root systems also help prevent soil erosion by gripping dirt and trapping it between root veins. Deeper roots also means that nutrients like minerals and elements such as nitrogen in soil found further into the ground can be absorbed by plants and spread to higher soil layers. More complex and larger root systems also allows for increased abilities to absorbing water, making them more drought resistant and resourceful. Higher moisture levels in soils are also more common in areas with perennials. Since perennials generally don’t lose all of their foliage there is more cover from the sun and less water in the soil can be evaporated.
WHHEEEWW that’s a lot of facts so I am going to cut it right there. You can’t overload the brain with too much incredible science all at once or your brain will explode. Thanks so much for reading up on this week’s Green Tip. Do yourself a favor and plan your garden with some perennials this year and see the difference it will make. I dare you. Stay tuned for some most excellent footy from a trip out to Bear Valley with some of the dudes and more footy from VT with some of the other dudes!