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5 Common Gardening Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

 

Gardening is a wonderful hobby that can provide you with fresh produce, relaxation, and a sense of accomplishment. However, if you are not careful, you can make common mistakes that can ruin your garden and cause frustration. This blog post will discuss five of the most common gardening mistakes and how to avoid them!

1. Not Preparing The Soil

One of the most common gardening mistakes is not preparing the soil before planting. The soil is the foundation of your garden, and if it is not healthy, your plants will not be either. To prepare the soil, you should till it (if you have a large garden), add compost, and ensure the correct pH. You can test the pH level with a kit from your local nursery or hardware store. Another factor to consider when preparing your soil is drainage. If the soil does not drain well, your plants will drown. You can add organic matter such as compost, perlite, or sand to improve drainage.

2. Overwatering

One of the most common mistakes made by new gardeners is overwatering. Plants do not need as much water as you think! In fact, too much water can kill your plants. When watering your plants, ensure the soil is moist but not soggy. You can stick your finger in the soil to test the moisture level. Another way to tell if you are watering too much is to look at the leaves of your plants. If they are wilted or yellow, that is a sign of overwatering.\

3. Planting In The Wrong Location

Planting in the wrong location is a common mistake that can be easily avoided. Make sure to research what environment each plant needs before planting it. For example, some plants need full sun while others prefer partial shade. If you plant a sun-loving plant in a shady spot, it will not thrive. Also, make sure to pay attention to the size of the plant when mature and choose a spot where it will have room to grow.

4. Lack Of Protection

One common gardening mistake is not using heavy duty tarps to protect your plants from the elements. These tarps can protect from the sun, wind, and rain. They can also help to keep your plants clean and free of debris. If you do not use a tarp, you risk damaging your plants or having them become covered in dirt and grit. Additionally, not all plants are created equal, and some can’t handle being in direct sunlight for long periods without getting sunburned. To avoid this, use a tarp to create shade for your plants. Lastly, if you live in an area with a lot of wind, using a tarp can help to keep your plants from being blown over.

5. Not Using Mulch

Mulch is a layer of material (such as wood chips, straw, or leaves) that you put around your plants. It has many benefits, such as retaining moisture in the soil, preventing weeds from growing, and keeping the roots of your plants cool in the summer. Mulch also helps to prevent erosion. This is a common problem in gardens that are on slopes. If you do not use mulch, your soil will wash away, and your plants will not have anything to anchor them in the ground.

Additionally, not using mulch can lead to bare spots in your garden where nothing will grow. This is because the soil is not protected from the sun and wind, which can dry it out and kill the plants. However, many people forget to mulch or do not use enough mulch. As a general rule, you should use 2-3 inches of mulch around your plants.

6. Not Protecting Your Plants From Pests

Pests can wreak havoc on your garden and destroy all of your hard work. To avoid this, you need to take some preventative measures. First, choose plants that are less susceptible to pests. This information can be found online or at your local nursery. Second, keep your garden clean by removing debris and dead leaves. This will remove places for pests to hide.

Third, use row covers or screens to keep pests from getting to your plants. And if you do have pests, take action immediately to get rid of them before they do too much damage. This can be done using pest control products sparingly and only when necessary. Additionally, you can try to attract predators of the pests, such as ladybugs or aphids.

Closing Remarks

By avoiding these common gardening mistakes, you will be well on your way to having a beautiful, healthy garden that you can enjoy for years to come!

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Author:   Tracie Johnson | Freelance Writer

 

 

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