You are following the occasional caring tips and tricks to maintain your garden, but it is still not thriving. Why is that so? Can there be something you might be doing wrong, or are you missing something that’s ruining your garden?
A beautiful garden with colorful, lush flowers, trimmed green grass, well-maintained plants, trees, and lots of fresh-smelling vegetables can instantly make a lawn look appealing. But creating such a garden with almost no work is easier said than done.
Even those who believe them to be among the devoted gardeners can still be doing wrong things that can make their garden dead. No plant growth, flowering, shedding of leaves from trees, and patchy grass are all the signs that there is something wrong with your yard that needs your attention.
You should not only do the right things, but you also have to find the things you must avoid for a healthy garden. So, to make things right on your lawn, you first need to learn what’s wrong with it in the first place. Here we have made a list of the top 5 things that could be ruining your garden without you knowing (or you might be ignoring them 🙂
5 Things Ruining Your Garden:
Weed Control Methods
Weeds are unwanted plants that could ruin your whole garden by reducing plant growth as they suck up all the essential nutrients like potassium or nitrogen, which in turn make plants weak, and they become more likely to be attacked by insects or disease. It can also cause the plant to have abnormal fruit color and growth. And not only are weeds harmful to your garden, but all the chemical weed control methods like using herbicides a novice or even a devoted gardener take can be proved disastrous for your lawn.
Sure, the weeds growing in your vegetable garden or flower bed are easier to notice. But what about those that are hidden into the blades of the grass? The only proven weed control method that does not harm your plant growth, soil, and garden grass is by plucking them with some plant root remover tool that will help you eliminate all the unwanted weeds in mere minutes.
The killing of the Beneficial Worms
Most people think that all the worms they see in their plant soil are harmful, and their first reflex is to remove them. They eat plant roots, contaminate soil, slow or completely stop plant growth, etc., are some of the common misconceptions newbie gardeners have about the worms. In contrast, the reality is opposite to what they believe. One of the beneficial worms includes earthworms that do so many good things to keep the plant-soil healthy.
Beneficial worms like earthworms are free plant helpers from nature. They can increase the quantity of water and air that plants get by breaking down the organic matter from the top to mix with the below soil. Moreover, the poop they leave after eating can also be used by the plant as a good fertilizer. So, the next time you think of removing the worms, think of all the benefits your garden is getting from them.
Using Dirty Tools
The next in our things that could be running your garden list is the use of dirty garden tools to maintain your lawn’s beauty and health. Yes, you read it right. You do need to clean your garden maintenance tools. And using the wrong and dirty tools to handle your plants can eventually harm them in the long run. Now, you may think about what can go possibly wrong even if you are using the dirty gardening tools for maintenance?
Dirty tools are unclean ones and those that have grime, waste, or any harmful thing. So, what could be the harmful thing we are talking about here? That one tool you used to remove the pests or trim the unhealthy plant but left it there as it is without even disinfecting it. What will happen next? There’s a higher chance you’ll be using the same infected and unclean tool on your healthy plants, in turn making them infested.
And, what’s good is that there is no rocket science in cleaning the dirty tools. Some tools require as much as brushing, while others can be washed in a bucket full of warm water.
Note: You must wear cut-resistant gloves while cleaning the cutting tools, or you might end up hurting yourself.
Overcrowding the Plants
Every gardener wishes to have a fuller and beautiful lush garden without putting in much effort. He makes the most common mistake by planting several flowers and plants too close to each other to achieve such a look. It may sound good but can be bad for your garden. The first and foremost effect of this overcrowding will be the altered development of small plants followed by a series of problems for growing, prospering, and surviving among the neighboring tall plants.
So, it is always the best approach to leave some room free while planting so that all the greenery has enough space and nutrients to grow
The last but not the least thing on our list is forgetting, avoiding, or skipping the garden’s mulching. Although, it has numerous benefits for your lawn and is often called the gardener’s friend. Still, most of them choose to ignore the process of mulching. A wise gardener once said that if you are deliberately ignoring mulch, you might be aiding in the things ruining your garden.
But, what is mulch for a garden? Materials like rotted manure, seaweed, cardboard, wood chips, or compost that covers the surface of the soil. And, why is it necessary to mulch, or how can it save your garden? Mulching can help reduce weed growth, maintain the soil moisture and temperature, and protect the plant from erosion, soil compaction, and harsh weather conditions.
So, if you don’t want to put up your garden for failure, you must mulch.
A lush, beautiful, colorful, and fully-grown garden is the dream of every gardener, but it takes a few simple tips and tricks to maintain your lawn in its flawless form.