Modern Garden with a rustic twist:  Garden by Yorkshire Gardens

15 garden myths you've always believed (but aren't true)

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

Request quote

Invalid number. Please check the country code, prefix and phone number
By clicking 'Send' I confirm I have read the Privacy Policy & agree that my foregoing information will be processed to answer my request.
Note: You can revoke your consent by emailing with effect for the future.
Loading admin actions …

We love getting down and dirty in the garden but it's so confusing when myths we've long thought were true turn out to be old wives' tales. How do you know what you actually should be doing and what you can forget about?

Well, its homify to the rescue once again as we've sifted through all the gardening myths that you thought were gospel and we're going to share the truth with you! 

Gardeners the world over have debunked some of the most popular long-held beliefs, so read on and get clued up with us.

1. Organic pesticides are not always safe! Just because they sound more natural, it doesn't mean they're actually ok to use so don't be fooled

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

Modern Garden with a rustic twist

Yorkshire Gardens

2. You don't have to paint sawn tree wounds. This can just be a waste of time and harmful properties can get into the tree itself

3. Adding sand to clay soil won't improve it. You can actually end up with an even stickier, more awful mess

Courtyard Garden:  Garden by Unique Landscapes
Unique Landscapes

Courtyard Garden

Unique Landscapes

4. Watering plants at midday won't scorch them. Sun through water droplets on leaves will not actually be enough to harm your plants, so water away

5. You don't need to plant trees too deeply. You think you're supporting them, but you might not be giving the roots enough room to spread out

6. You shouldn't actually fill planting holes with fertiliser. You only need a sprinkle, so don't go overboard

7. Drought resistant plants still actually need water. You can't simply plant and forget them forever

8. Planting two of each fruit tree is not essential. Pollination doesn't rely on two of the same tree in close proximity

 Garden by homify

Small town garden


9. Feeding a dying plant won't always revive it. If the damage is done you'll have to say goodbye, so don't waste time fertilising and trying to nurse a dead bloom

10. Adding baking soda or sugar to tomato plants won't guarantee sweet fruit. We don't know where the myth came from, but it's nonsense!

Freshly Prepped: Chelsea Flower Show 2009:  Commercial Spaces by Aralia

Freshly Prepped: Chelsea Flower Show 2009


11. You don't have to stake your young trees as they need to stand on their own and grow strong. A little struggle helps them to be hardy

12. Gravel in plant pots isn't going to improve drainage. In fact, all it will guarantee is less room for plant roots

13. Bone meal isn't essential for new trees to grow strong. A little of any fertiliser will be a benefit, so bone meal is not a must have

14. Don't just add more fertiliser when you're in doubt. A good compost can be expensive or a treasured commodity, so don't use it glibly. Read planting instructions and use the right amount

15. Adding gravel or mulch to flowerbeds won't stop weeds growing. This will simply make it a little trickier for them to poke through but they still will

Contemporary Garden Design by London Based Garden Designer Josh Ward:  Garden by Josh Ward Garden Design
Josh Ward Garden Design

Contemporary Garden Design by London Based Garden Designer Josh Ward

Josh Ward Garden Design

For more gardening tips and tricks, take a look at this Ideabook: 15 Common Garden Gaffes We All Make (But Could Avoid).

Did you used to believe any of these gardening myths?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

Need help with your home project? Get in touch!

Discover home inspiration!