It’s the time of year to get into your yard and take care of your plants. However, many gardeners aren’t aware of the mistakes they’re making as they tend to their gardens. Here are the six most common mistakes that are made in the garden:
5 Common Gardening Mistakes
- Too Little/Much Water: When plants are given frequent, small amounts of water, a shallow root system is developed, which can promote disease. You should only water plants when they need it. If the soil is dry to the touch, then water. You should water early in the morning to avoid evaporation and only water until the soil is a few inches deep. This will help to create healthy roots and resistance to drought. The soil should be watered rather than the plant leaves – this can lead to mildew and other problems. If these issues occur, you should use a fungicide, such as Pure 3-Way, as treatment. The main ingredient in Pure 3-Way, lemongrass oil, is a natural fungicide, which means that your plants and loved ones are safe.
- Not Planting According to Your Climate: Just because you plant it, doesn’t mean it will grow. Most plants do best in native climates and growing plants adapted to your climate will nearly always be a success. However, people often try to plant water-loving plants in summer dry climates or sun-loving plants in the shade. Natives and climate-appropriate plants not only have a better chance of survival, they require less care overall.
- Poor Planting Technique: When placing plants in the ground, you should be careful not to plant too deep. The roots of a plant need sunlight too, so the hole that is dug for a plant shouldn’t be bigger than the root ball of the plant. Proper planting also requires some knowledge of your soil. You might have to augment with compost, loam, sand, or other changes to ensure your plants have proper amounts of nutrients, drainage, and space for roots to flourish.
- Forgetting to Maintain the Containers: Containers have only so much soil and therefore only so many nutrients. These nutrients run deplete pretty fast, so you need to supplement the soil often. Also, don’t be afraid to give your containers supplements, added compost, or water during dry spells. You should also make sure that containers have plenty of drainage holes. Even though containers need to be watered daily in the heat, the plants can suffer if they don’t drain properly. If there is good drainage, over-watering and over-feeding can be prevented.
- Giving Up Too Early: Even the driest container plants can be brought back to life by placing the entire container in water. Leave it in water until the bubbles stop coming to the surface. With larger containers, you should poke holes in the soil to ventilate and then water generously.
To ensure the health of your plants, apply Green Thumb regularly. Green Thumb contains nitrogen and fish oil and is designed with your vegetative growth in mind. It is the best and safest way to naturally prevent bugs and mildew while also benefiting your foliage.