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Avoid These Common Gardening Mistakes

When embarking on the fulfilling journey of gardening, there can be an overwhelming amount of mistakes that can be made. These mistakes are very common for most beginner gardeners, but can thakfully be easily avoided, In this blog post, we will point out exactly what you should not do, so that you won’t have to wipe away tears of disappointment if your garden doesn’t bloom in magnificence.

Incorrect Watering Method

Most gardening beginners water their garden at the wrong time. It is recommended to water your plants when the heat is not at its peak. Try water your garden either early in the morning or at night time. Watering them during a hot day can result in moisture being lost, or it can result in the water reflecting the suns light, potentially scorching sensitive leaves.

It is also crucial that you do not overwater your plants. Most house plants are killed by overwatering, and constantly saturating the soil will drown your plants.

Bad Weeding

Avoid using a spade or other long tools to dig out weeds. Weed plants (thistle; dandelions etc) have very intricate root structures that run beneath the topsoil. Use your hands to dig out the entire weed and its root system.

Over Cutting The Lawn

Cutting your lawn too short can cause big problems for your garden. If your area is experiencing a draught, you will want to leave your grass nice and long to ensure it holds more moisture, maintaining its health.

Neglected Slugs

Slugs are a very common occurrence in gardens. Many beginners fail to notice and take action in time, resulting in an invasion of slugs. However, these creatures are in their natural habitat, and it’s unneccesary to freak out and remove every slug you see. To make sure that they don’t overbreed, use coffee grounds in your soil to dispel slugs from the soil area. Coffee grounds are also great for plants, so why not feed two birds with one scone? You can also use eggshells, tea and many other eco-friendly methods to keep slug populations down.

Using Wet Clay

Mixing wet clay and soil together can result in the soil breaking down, damaging its structure. Wait until the clay is not soaking wet, and more on the dry side, before mixing it with manure. You can add sand, too.


These are the most common mistakes that beginner gardeners make, but they are easily avoidable.