Gardening might seem like an easy task, but it’s not so easy. You have to do a lot of planning to prevent blunders or mistakes that can lead to garden fails. These include tasteless produce, dead plants, and decreased production. It’s inevitable to make mistakes in life, but the good thing is we can always learn from them. In this article, we shall be looking at the common gardening mistakes.
Common Gardening Mistakes
Here are some of the grave gardening mistakes to avoid:
This is pure neglect and one of the worst blunders to avoid in your garden. Plants need water to grow, but that doesn’t mean you have to overdo or under-do it. Make sure you study your plants and get to know how much water they need. Some plants require more water than others. Also, make a plan of when to water your garden and stick to it.
Planting crops too close together
Crowded crops don’t make your garden look good or produce more. Plants that are too close together compete for nutrients and space. Plants require sufficient water, sunlight, and nutrients so they can grow healthy. If you have young seedlings in your garden, they won’t become healthy as there are insufficient conditions to grow. Know the correct spacing of the plants you are planting and adhere to it when planting.
Lack of mulch around your plants
Mulching has numerous benefits to your plants. It maintains moisture in the ground around your plants by minimizing evaporation. Mulching using organic materials add organic matter to the soil making it richer in nutrients. Mulching also helps suppress weed in your garden. Weeds are competition in your garden for water and nutrients. Apply a thick layer of mulch around your plants to block sunlight and suppress the winds preventing it to sprout.
Newbie gardeners assume the best time to prune their plants is during the fall. This is however not true at all. This is the time the plants are preparing for winter and pruning them makes them weak.
Plants require enough nutrients to grow and produce the best yields. Incorrect fertilization deprives the plant of these nutrients, and it can also make the soil acidic. Get advice from the nearest garden center on the best fertilizer for your plants and don’t apply in excess amounts.
Incorrect pesticide use
The use of pesticides is a must to keep pests away from your plants. Improper usage of the same can do more harm than good to your plants. Use a chemical that is specified for the plants and use it at the right time. Avoid excess use of pesticides too.