You may not be a gardener worthy of your own TV show, but we all want to have an attractive and comfortable green space, especially with the weather being so nice right now! As hard as we try, most people will make a few easy mistakes when they’re gardening, and mar the beauty of the whole space. Here are some of the most common ones, and some advice on avoiding them.
Biting Off More Than You Can Chew
This might just be the most common gardening mistake, and it’s getting more and more common all the time! We’ve all seen those amazing images of gardens on TV and social media. Every plant’s beautifully presented, with luscious, healthy leaves and stems holding up bright, beautiful flowers. It may not look all that hard, but it really is! Despite what many people think, great landscape management is a very demanding artform, and all those beautiful gardens you see take years of education, trial and error. Just ask any professional landscape architect, and they’ll run you through what a huge learning curve they’ve gone through. Do yourself a favor, and don’t bite off more than you can chew! This will only end in disappointment. Get started with smaller, more manageable projects, and gradually build up to larger ones.
It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been watering your garden routinely for; all amateur gardeners are almost certain to make a mistake at one time or another. Remember, the idea is to keep your soil damp and healthy, but never waterlogged. A decent amount of moisture will encourage the roots of your flowers to grow, but if you water them too much, they’ll be doomed. Remember that different plants will require different quantities of water through the year. When you’re trying to raise any plants that you’re not all that experienced with, it’s essential to educate yourself on what those plants need, and give them just that. Trees and shrubs, for example, need a thorough, deep soak at least once a week, as these have larger roots. Seasonal flowers will need watering a few times a week in the summer, but almost nothing when winter rolls around. Keep a close eye on new flowers as they begin to develop. Their roots are much more delicate, and carry more risk of over-watering.
Obviously, you want your garden to be vibrant and colorful, but overcrowding your garden is a big mistake. This will only create more competition between the plants you have, both for the nutrients in the soil and natural light. Ultimately, overcrowding means the roots won’t have enough room to grow properly. The stronger, more robust plants, will push others out of the way, meaning that you won’t get the varied, colorful flowerbeds you were looking for. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to raise shrubs, vegetables, or flowers. It’s essential to give your plants the room they need to grow healthily, from the point when you sow the seeds to when they’re in full bloom.