13 common but avoidable gardening mistakes

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13 common but avoidable gardening mistakes

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Not all of us are born with green fingers, as they say, so it comes as no surprise that many of us are making silly little mistakes in our gardens. This is especially true if you are a novice gardener or trying your hand at it for the very first time. 

We here at homify want to help you rectify these trivial errors, though, so we have drawn up a list of the most common blunders that can stop you from making the most out of your garden. You don’t have to be a professional to get on board with these gardening tips, so take a look and see which pitfalls you can avoid in the future!

1. Getting caught up in dramatic elements

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Lithic Fire

Ayrshire outdoor living

Lithic Fire

It is easy to unduly focus on interesting garden elements and decorations, such as firepits and furniture. Don't spend too much resources on this, however, because if you don't prepare your flower beds, your saplings will have nowhere to go!

2. Careless planting

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Gardenplan Design

Buxus Spheres and Hydrangea

Gardenplan Design

A common mistake in gardening is to ignore or forget to test the ph-levels of your soil. This is a very important factor, as it will influence what types of plants grow in your soil and which ones won't.

3. Overwatering

Not know when to stop watering can kill off delicate blooms. 

4. Underwatering

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Yorkshire Gardens

Modern Garden with a rustic twist

Yorkshire Gardens

Forgetting to water thirsty plants will result in devastation.

5. Too much shade

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Railing London Ltd

​A complex project, in which #RailingLondon worked on a staircase, internal doors, interior and exterior balustrades and a Juliet balcony.

Railing London Ltd

Not giving sun-loving plants enough light will stunt their growth.

6. Ignoring seasonal requirements

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Borrowed Space

Modern Family Garden

Borrowed Space

Failing to pay attention to planting seasons could result in empty beds. This is especially pertinent for fruits and veggies! Make sure you check which plants and vegetables are due to be planted in the season at hand. 

7. Underestimating pruning

Forgetting or ignoring the vital task of pruning may stunt vibrant growth in your garden. 

8. Forgetting little critters

Not thinking about your pest control could mean that bugs and worms decimate new plants.

9. Letting weeds run wild

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Unique Landscapes

Circular lawns and timber posts support ropes on to which roses and clematis will climb

Unique Landscapes

Overlooking the impact of weed killer could mean that everything in your garden dies.

10. Free reign

Not paying attention to the growth rate of plants could mean you'll be overrun with vegetation in no time. 

11. Buying only barren plants

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Bandon Interior Design

Country Cottage Garden

Bandon Interior Design

Certain plants are bought as ‘sterile’, meaning they will never bear fruit, so be sure to check if you need more than one.

12. Succumbing to pesticides

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Cue & Co of London

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London

Cue & Co of London

Harmful pesticides could deter helpful visitors, such as bees, meaning that your garden won’t bloom in spring.

13. Poor structural planning

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Yorkshire Gardens

Small, low maintenance garden

Yorkshire Gardens

Planting trees too close to your house could result in serious problems, such as foundation damage, years later. A costly error!

Now that you have all the basics of gardening under your belt, be adventurous, experiment, and maybe try something like: Injecting tropical style into your garden!

Did you find these tips helpful? Have you made any of these mistakes?
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