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5 Common Gardening Mistakes Everyone Makes

For even the keenest of amateur gardeners, there are times when everyone makes gardening mistakes. This is why, if you’re thinking of landscaping your garden, it pays to use a professional landscape company.

However, once your garden has been beautifully landscaped by professionals, you’ll want to keep it looking its best. Here are five common gardening mistakes therefore that you should avoid:

1.    Over-watering

Many of us think that we’re doing the right thing by regularly watering our plants. And it’s true, we mustn’t neglect our watering duties. However, overwatering can be just as bad as underwatering. If the soil your plants are in becomes waterlogged, your plants will not be able to take in oxygen and your plants will simply drown.

Signs that you’re overwatering your plants include the soil being constantly wet, leaves turning brown, soft and wilting and stunted growth. If you check the soil regularly by touch, and it feels consistently moist, then don’t be afraid to reduce your watering.

2.    Planting out of season

It’s always a good idea to check the care labels of plants and seeds to check when the need to be planted. By planting them in the wrong season, you’ll be doomed to failure! This is why when completely re-landscaping your garden, it’s best to leave it to a professional garden landscape company who can plant accordingly.

3.    Not giving plants enough space

There is a school of gardening which says that you should overplant a flowerbed, and then thin it out if it looks overcrowded. However, most plants, particularly new plants and seedlings, will often need a certain amount of space to grow.

Check the care label to see how tall or wide your plant is predicted to grow and plant accordingly. A professional landscape gardening company will take the amount of space each plant into account when creating the planting plan.

4.    Using the wrong soil type

Another aspect of your garden which a professional landscape gardening company will take into account when creating your planting plan is your soil type. In and around Essex, most of the soil will be clay soil, but it’s worth double checking with your professional garden landscapers when they carry out the re-landscaping work. Make sure that any additional plants you buy for your garden will thrive in your soil type.

5.    Cutting grass too short

You should always avoid cutting your grass too short as it can leave brown or bare looking patches in the lawn. Cutting grass too short repeatedly can deplete its energy reserves, weakening the grass and eventually causing it to die off or at very least, leaving it vulnerable to weed invasion.

If your mower has different grass height settings, choose one which is in the middle rather than on the shorter end of the scale.

If you’re unsure where to begin with your garden, contact D&G Garden World. We care for gardens throughout Upminster, Brentwood and Hornchurch, and can help you to avoid costly garden mistakes.