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13 silly little mistakes all budding gardeners make

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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We aren’t all ‘born to the soil’, so it comes as no surprise that many of us are making silly little mistakes in our gardens.

We want to help you rectify them, so have drawn up a list of the most common blunders that can stop yourself from making from now on. You don’t have to be an professional to get on board with these gardening tips, so take a look and see which pitfalls you can avoid in the future!

1. Don't just focus on funky fire pits and gorgeous furniture, as not preparing your flowers beds will leave your saplings with nowhere to go

Ayrshire outdoor living: modern Garden by Lithic Fire
Lithic Fire

Ayrshire outdoor living

Lithic Fire

2. Forgetting to find out the pH levels of your soil will mean certain plants simply won’t grow

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Gardenplan Design

Buxus Spheres and Hydrangea

Gardenplan Design

3. Not knowing when to stop with the water could kill off delicate blooms

4. Forgetting to water thirsty plants will result in devastation

Modern Garden with a rustic twist: modern Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
Yorkshire Gardens

Modern Garden with a rustic twist

Yorkshire Gardens

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

​A complex project, in which #RailingLondon worked on a staircase, internal doors, interior and exterior balustrades and a Juliet balcony.: modern Garden by Railing London Ltd
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

6. Failing to pay attention to planting seasons could result in empty beds. This is especially pertinent for fruits and veggies!

Modern Family Garden: modern Garden by Borrowed Space
Borrowed Space

Modern Family Garden

Borrowed Space

7. Forgetting to prune will prevent vibrant new growth

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

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

Circular lawns and timber posts support ropes on to which roses and clematis will climb: country Garden by Unique Landscapes
Unique Landscapes

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

Unique Landscapes

10. Not paying attention to the growth rate of plants could lead to you being overrun

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

Country Cottage Garden: country Garden by Bandon Interior Design
Bandon Interior Design

Country Cottage Garden

Bandon Interior Design

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

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London : modern Garden by Cue & Co of London
Cue & Co of London

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

Cue & Co of London

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

Small, low maintenance garden: minimalistic Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
Yorkshire Gardens

Small, low maintenance garden

Yorkshire Gardens

For more gardening inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 21 Lovely Little Gardens You Can Easily Copy.

Have we helped solve any of your gardening woes?
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