A GARDENING whizz has revealed the six most common mistakes to avoid – and not being aware of these makes a huge difference.
With plenty of jobs to do, seeds to plant and soil to feed, gardening is no easy task – but sometimes even despite the best efforts, your green space can look a bit rough.
And according to one whizz, it could be because of six very common mistakes you’re making.
Speaking to The Express, Brian Davenport, owner and co-founder, The Solar Centre, said: “Warm, sunny weather is a great motivator to spend more time outdoors.
”If you’ve neglected your garden though, you may be looking to spruce up your outdoor space.
”But be careful of making some of these common gardening mistakes.
“They could make the difference between a dull and dreary space, and a lush oasis at home.”
Starting off too big
When it comes to landscaping, it can be tempting to go all out – after all, the more, the better, right?
But be reminded, that this is not always the case, and caring for countless plants with different needs can end up quite the challenge.
The whizz explained: “If you’re starting from scratch, consider picking a few low-maintenance plants like ornamental grasses or lavender.
“Or if you’re nervous about your green fingers – rather start working on a pathway or patio area.
“Successfully completing smaller projects will help you feel more confident when you’re ready to take on something slightly bigger.”
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Choosing the wrong spot for flowers
Picking out plants can be exciting, but when creating the garden of your dreams, remember that not all species will grow well in every part of the garden.
The expert said: “To avoid making a costly mistake, make a plan of your garden first.
“Take note of which areas of your garden are shadier, compared to those which have direct sunlight.
“This will make it easier to pick plants which will thrive in your space.”
Not planning where to place solar lights
“Lighting around your garden is essential to ensure that you don’t just enjoy your garden during the day but in the evenings too.
”Getting wiring laid down in your garden can be a difficult process whereas solar lights cut the hassle and can be used immediately.
“However, not choosing the right spots for your lights may leave you sitting in darkness.
“You’ll want to make sure you position in these areas that receive full sun during the day.
“Alternatively, pick a lighting option which has a separate solar panel.
“This will allow you to place your lights in a shaded area, while still making sure the solar panel receives enough light.”
Letting weeds take over
We understand – getting rid of weeds can oftentimes seem like an exhausting and futile task.
However, popping up anywhere and everywhere, they can cause a range of problems with other plants and can take over your garden in almost no time.
The expert said: “Weeding properly involves a few hand tools like a hoe or weed extractor.
“These will help ensure that you reach the root of the weed.
”Simply pulling away at a few leaves will ensure that they grow back time and again.
“If you’re feeling intimidated by the number of weeds in your garden, dedicate 15 minutes to one square meter patch at a time.”
Forgetting when to water
In the warmer months, plants may need more water – but be careful to not hydrate them during the day.
Instead, the whizz recommended watering in the mornings or evenings – this will reduce the amount of evaporation.
“Knowing how often to water can be tricky, as this will depend on the type of weather.
”During hot periods, some plants require watering once a day, while others can go a few weeks without water.
“When planning your garden, put plants with similar needs next to each other so that you’re able to stick to a watering schedule for different patches of your garden.”
Using chemical pesticides
Although chemical pesticides are great for killing pests in a short amount of time with almost no effort, these products can also kill other types of insects you’re not targeting.
The expert said: “Some pesticides can also be passed on to other living organisms like animals.
“Rather consider using biological controls, like the predator of a pest to help keep them under control in your garden.
“Chemical pesticides should only be used as a last resort, when alternative options have been unsuccessful.”