It’s something else to go viral and gain more than 8.7 million views on TikTok, and to gain all that fame for something truly incredible. Leslie Dart, a young Canadian, recently blew up the social media network for her good deed of planting more than 4,545 trees in the Saskatchewan Province of Canada. Although she works in aerospace manufacturing for which she graduated from Durhan College in Ontario, she did this amazing thing.
Leslie Dart Works Hard
These days are not regular eight-hour shifts for Leslie. To plant so many trees, she spends up to 15 hours a day lowering her trusty spade into the ground and digging up a hole, planting a seed, stomping the soil with her boot, and moving on to the next one. Certain provincial lawn mandates state that planting trees should be done in conjunction with logging each one for Canada’s lumber industry. Leslie follows the law and makes between 17 to 44 cents per seedling a day. She has planted roughly 372,290 trees overall for the past three summers.
Her working environment is no better than the long hours of labor she spurs into this wonderful summer job. Sometimes, she works in desolate areas where everything has been scorched by wildfires and other times she spends long hours in a forest or an even terrain. Leslie Dart has to be cautious of the swarms of mosquitoes that flock her way.
More Than a Summer Job
Leslie Dart, however, explains that what she does is deeply rewarding, and she wouldn’t give up the opportunity. She doesn’t mind any tough terrains – wherever her space takes her! She has said that the job has become such a part of her life that she loves to keep coming back year of year to do it over and over again. Planting trees is just a summer job, popular among students. Some get more involved with the monotony than others, just as Leslie chose to do!
A recent study has shown that in the United Kingdom, about eight million people are hiring professionals to do very simple gardening tasks for them. This includes mowing the lawn even. The study has been conducted by the Ideal Home Show and revealed which are the most common garden-related mistakes made by people, as well as what jobs are most commonly avoided and how gardening impacts mental health.
Help With Gardening Is Often Required
A study has shown that about 6% of people are hiring a professional to mow their lawn. Another 6% are actually looking for help on how to use the hose and 5% are interested in learning how to use the rake to their advantage. Other participants of the study needed help with watering — 5% wondered how to properly water the plants and 4% how to water their lawn. All of these questions regarding gardening come from the fact that about 19% of the people in the study have never taken care of their outdoor spaces.
One of the most common issues faced when tending to a garden seems to be slug invasions. About 30% of people have not taken any measures to prevent their shrubs from being invaded. Another common mistake is making 18% of people pull out their plants rather than their weeds. 11% of the homeowners are cutting their grass too short and 9% are overwatering their grass. And because of all of these issues, now over 81% of people who have outdoor spaces claim they could improve their gardening skills and knowledge. Now about 37% of people are also becoming more and more interested in taking care of their gardens, and this percentage has definitely increased over the last two years.
Currently, more and more people see the good impact on mental health that gardening has. Many even started taking care of indoor plants during the last couple of years. Keeping greenery alive is fulfilling and definitely worth looking into since it can decrease stress and create beauty.