Are you fond of gardening? I bet you don’t know these common gardening mistakes. Learn what you should avoid and what you should do when gardening.
Common Gardening Mistakes And How To Avoid Them
Gardening could look very easy at first but there are so many things to consider. Having a garden full of beautiful plants is just a little piece of a very big pie and there is so much more about it. Jumping into gardening may be tricky but there are a lot of tips you can pick up on the internet or by watching videos. However, some habits that are taught online could hurt your plants more than helping them. So, we gathered a few common gardening mistakes some people do and tips on how to avoid them.
1. Proper Watering
Overwatering could definitely hurt and even drown the plants that could eventually kill them. Patience should be learn when gardening and watering the plants could take a while since the water will not seep through the soil immediately.
In addition to overwatering, the wrong timing of watering could also hurt the plants. Some would water their plants during the middle of the afternoon, which could do two things to the plant. On a hot sunny day, watering when the sun is scorching could make the water you pour evaporate giving the plant less water than you initially thought you’d give. Another is the droplets of water that would stay on the leaves could act as a magnifying glass and could burn and hurt the leaves. What you could do is water the plants first thing in the morning or last thing at the end of the day.
Over planting or overcrowding means designing a landscape with more plants than can be adequately sustained with available space, nutrients, and water. Imagine a raised bed filled with plants with not much soil to cover because of how you planted the plants near to each other. There would be less nutrients and water for a single plant to leave making the entire garden suffer.
What you can do is to create spaces in between plants as to not to over crowd plants and to keep them healthy giving you less worries about taking care of your plants.
3. Over Pruning
Over pruning means removing more foliage or branches from an ornamental plant. Overdoing it is not healthy for the plants. What you can do is remove branches that are only needed to. Think about the landscape of your garden based on your plants and not think about how you want your garden to look like then let the plants suffer.
More is not always better, especially with feeding. Imagine yourself being fed constantly until you’re full but you still have to eat. Wouldn’t that harm you? It is the same with plants. The more you feed doesn’t mean it will benefit the plants more. You need to take good care of your plants just like how you would take care of a person.
In line with feeding, fertilize appropriately. This means fertilizing at the correct rate with the right kind of fertilizer and at the optimal time of year.
5. Poor Weeding
Removing just the top of weeds isn’t enough. There are weeds that have big and strong roots under the soil, such as thistles and dandelions, just removing the top wouldn’t remove it. What you need to do is to dig deep and get as much root as you can to kill them. Using herbicides could help as well.
Check this video from CityPortStLucie for more tips and tricks for gardening:
What do you think? Have you committed some of these mistakes? Now your garden will be the garden your neighbors will secretly covet!
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