common gardening mistakes to avoid

common gardening mistakes to avoid
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Gardening isn’t something that comes naturally to everyone; especially people that haven’t grown up watching their parents gardening or just embracing the natural life around them. After all if you lived in a flat, you’re hardly going to have come into contact with many weeds in your time. So, if you’re worrying that your gardening skills aren’t up to scratch, below, we note some common gardening mistakes to avoid to get yourself on the right track. 


Most people designate specific areas in their gardens for ornamentals and vegetables. However, if you grow your greens and tomatoes in the same place, you will find that diseases and pests take hold of the area. It is best to avoid planting those same vegetables in the exact same spot, year after year. So plant rotation is a must.


If you notice that the hydrangea bush in your garden looks almost dead during the autumn months, you shouldn’t start pruning it as hard as possible. This is a mistake many people make. By doing this, you have probably got rid of all of the dormant flower buds that would have flourished next year. You should schedule pruning accordingly and this can be done by learning about the flowering pattern of your bush. A quick internet search will more than provide the answers you need, and all specific to your plant.


There is nothing more frustrating than having to contend with a cord or two when you’re using a lawn mower or a leaf blower for example. If possible, it’s always better to opt for rechargeable and cordless machinery, as this will make the gardening process much easier and more enjoyable as well. Also make sure you go for the right equipment, like these best small tiller for a great garden.


It is easy to simply put plants where you think they will look best in terms of garden design, but you also need to think about where the plant is going to flourish. You should not put a sun lover in the shade, for example. Every plant has different needs and requirements so it is best to do your research to make sure you give your plants that fighting chance!


What may not be common knowledge is that you should not plant seedlings or plant seeds too close together. If you do this, they will suffocate each other in competition for nutrients, water and sunlight.


Last but not least, let’s end with a common mistake that most people are guilty of making. This is overwatering their plants. Have you ever heard of something called “too much love?” Well, that is exactly what overwatering is doing. Yes, you may think that you are being kind to your plants, but in reality, most plants hate sitting in water because their roots need to breathe. It’s quite easy these days to find out exactly how much and when you need to water your plants with a simple internet search.

So, if you can avoid these common gardening mistakes to avoid that have been highlighted in this post, you truly will give yourself a great chance of achieving gardening success. And if you do make any errors in the future, don’t worry about it. Gardening is a learning process. Even the most experienced gardeners learn new things from time-to-time. So embrace the experience and you’ll have a lot of fun in the process too.


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