Whether you have a full garden or a little wildlife happening on your front lawn, gardening can be a tricky business, especially if you’re not a green thumb. That’s because nature has a tendency to overtake everything in its path. So it grows weeds, plants, and greenery all over your place and sometimes, all over your house. This invariably makes your home look bad, which leads us to the core of the article: gardening mistakes and how to avoid them.
If you’re interested in finding out how to keep nature from ruining your perfectly manicured lawn or from climbing all over your house and stealing your sunlight, then this article is for you! Below is a series of tips from horticultural experts, designed to help you maintain an attractive outdoor space!
Top 5 Gardening Mistakes Most People Make
1) Do you prune your climbers?
Sometimes, nature grows all over the place. Such is the case of climbers. However, they tend to grow chaotically, which means they will most likely cover your windows and kill your sunlight. Not only that, but they will give your house an unkempt and unruly aspect which is far from attractive. What you need to do is prune these climbers to ensure a neat and beautiful aspect. If you don’t have any climbers yet but plan on buying some, aim for low maintenance plants. The less attention they require, the better!
2) Is your lawn manicured?
Lawns are great additions to any house. However, no matter how good a job you do at mowing it unless you tidy the edge of the lawn, it will simply not look well-groomed. Unfortunately, a lot of people make the mistake of not tidying up the edge. The secret to a perfectly manicured lawn is a crisp sharp edge.
TIP: If you want to create a grass path, consider edging it with a double herbaceous border in order to give it grandeur and character.
3) What’s your outdoor focal point?
The focal point is not something exclusive to the inside of a house. It is equally important to have one outdoors as well. Now, for your front yard, the focal point is the front door. In order to make it look good, you’ll have to make sure that the door is in good condition so keep the paint looking good and polish the letterboxes and house numbers.
Of course, the front door doesn’t necessarily have to be the focal point. If you have a water feature, for example, then that will be the focal point of your front yard. Either way, keep things tidy and clean.
4) Does your garden look good in the cold season?
One of the most common mistakes people make is to plant flowers that look beautiful in the summer months and then have nothing but a barren wasteland throughout the cold season. In order to keep a garden interesting, you should plant shrubs that flower throughout the year, in order to keep your garden looking appealing even in the colder season.
5) Do you remove the weeds?
Weeds are one of the most annoying things you can deal with. No matter how many you pluck, there’s always another one popping somewhere else. Unfortunately, weeds have the power to ruin your perfect garden and give your home an unflattering look. This is why you want to keep your garden weed-free at all times. This means you should either remove them manually every now and then to keep things looking neat or spray them with weed killer. However, you must be careful not to use something that could harm your lawn or flowers.
All things considered, these were the top 5 gardening mistakes people make. From letting nature climb all over your house to not manicuring your lawn properly, keeping your garden neat and good looking reflects well not only on you but your house as well. For this reason, making sure your garden looks good year-round is very important.