If you love this time of year because it provides you with abundant opportunities to create beautiful magic with trees, shrubs, and flowers, you’re naturally upset if your flower beds don’t reflect the amount of love and attention you’ve given them. Rest assured that even expert gardeners make mistakes when it comes to crafting flawless flower beds. Here are five common errors that even great gardeners make:
Not Building Soils
While synthetic fertilizers have a place in good gardening practices, many homeowners rely on them too much. This can weaken soils, leaving plants vulnerable to to injury and destruction by pathogens and pests. Synthetic fertilizers alone don’t create conditions plants need to remain strong and healthy, so be sure to amend soils with plenty of organic matter and to use organic mulches such as pine bark that can put nutrients back into the soil.
Not Properly Edging
Even if your flower bed is full of thriving, blooming plants at the peak of health and beauty, there is nonetheless going to be something “off” about your yard’s appearance if your flower beds have not been properly edged. A careful edging job puts the polish on your landscaping as well as creates a clean separation between your flower beds, lawn, and garden pathways.
Not Crafting an Overall Garden Theme
Crafting and maintaining a cohesive, visually appealing theme is one of the most difficult aspects of gardening. Your can nurture your plants to perfection and install stunning hardscaping objects such as fountains and cobblestone pathways, but you run the risk of creating a jarring, unpolished affect if a dominant theme is missing or unstable. For instance, if you want to nurture the serene ambiance of a traditional Japanese garden, your flower beds should contain a significant amount of white flowers and lots of greenery. Design professionals can work with you to craft the outdoor living space of your dreams.
Not Using Proper Mulching Techniques
Many gardeners believe that mulch isn’t very important in flower beds, especially if they are growing annuals. Using the right mulch, however, can prevent weed seeds from sprouting, prevent water from evaporating, and keep plant roots cool during hot summer days. As mentioned earlier, a layer of mulch made from organic material can help keep soils supplied with essential nutrients.
Not Staying on Top of Pest Control
Gardening practices are constantly evolving as research finds new and better ways of keeping outdoor living spaces full of healthy, thriving plants that are free of significant damage from insects and pathogens. Even if you prefer to do the majority of the work in your flower beds yourself, using the services of a lawn service company whose employees are well-trained in the latest yard maintenance techniques can help keep insect and pest populations in check.
Keep in mind that your outdoor living space is a work in progress, and that even the world’s best gardeners face challenges.