How Not to Care for your Garden: Common Garden Care Mistakes to Avoid

Sometimes the best way to learn how to do something right is to learn how to do something
wrong. That’s why we have outlined four mistakes that gardeners make so you know what to
avoid in your own garden care endeavors.
· Till, Soil and Go: many people will work their butts off for one weekend in the spring,
bringing in soil, clearing away overgrowth and purchasing a nursery full of bright
beautiful plants. However, once the initial ground work has been laid and the flowers are
in place, they walk away. Gardening is not a weekend task; it is a fall, spring and
summer job that requires constant attention. You will need to keep your garden
maintained long after the planting has occurred. This may include watering, fertilizing,
tilling the soil, pruning back the large leaves and taking the necessary actions for
insects, pests and weeds.
· Too much Love: many people will also love their plants to death. Too much of a good
thing can always cause issues. Many people will devote too much time to watering and
fertilizing their plants which can cause them to become too wet. Too much wetness can
lead to growth problems, drowning, as well as fungal infections and diseases. Most
plants need to be watered twice or three times a week. When the days are really hot
during the summer, you may need to water them every day but that does not mean
dumping a bathtub full of water on them.
· The wrong plants for the wrong atmosphere: another big issue surrounding garden care
is to purchase and place plants in surroundings they are not suited for. Check to see if
your plants need sun or shade, water requirements, soil, fertilizer, etc. All of this
information should be located on the labels that come with the plants.
· Shopping blindfolded: it’s important that you do the required research when it comes to
garden care. Do not just go into a shop and pick the prettiest plants on the aisles. Most
plants that are in full bloom in the store are past their blossoming prime. Ask for
assistance, read the labels and consider your garden surroundings and environment for
successful plant growth. You can check online for the best plants for your garden
situation.

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