If you’re new to gardening you’re probably learning that it’s actually a bit more complicated than you expected. It seems simple when you think about it: pick plants, put them in the ground, water them daily. However, as you start really cultivating the different species in your garden, you start to see how many aspects affect them. Not only is there more to do than just plant your plants and water them, there are habits and practices that you can adopt that actually harm your greenery. Fortunately, research is often your best friend when you’re learning a new hobby or skill. In this blog, we’ll go over a few of the habits that can be detrimental to your lawn and garden so that you know what to avoid in the future.
The first tip is simple. Weeds are not good for your plants, and you need to pull them up as soon as you see them. Not only are they an eyesore, but they actually compete with your plants. As soon as a weed grows roots, it starts to soak in nutrients and water that are intended for your lawn or plants. Setting aside one day a week in which you get rid of any weeds you see for an hour or so will eliminate those pesky vitamin thieves and leave your plants and lawn much more healthy and full.
When you’re a beginner, you might not be sure if fertilizer really does anything necessary to help your garden. You see plants out in the “wild” that do just fine without any store bought nutrients, so it might seem over the top to buy food for your lawn. However, plant and lawn fertilizer are no scam. Even a low cost, generic fertilizer will provide your lawn with vitamins and nutrients that it doesn’t get enough of naturally. If you’ve been caring for your garden without fertilizer, take a picture of it before you start using fertilizer, then take another photo about 3 weeks in. You’ll absolutely see a difference.
With humans, there’s almost no such thing as drinking too much water. Aside from a few isolated cases, the more water you drink throughout the day, the better your body functions. This isn’t exactly true for plants and gardens. Different species require different amounts of water, so make sure you do your research about which plants need watering daily, and which will actually suffer from that much water. Just like you, plants need oxygen as well as water. Too much water can prevent your plants from getting the oxygen they need, and drown them. The general rule for lawn care is that grass requires one inch of water per week. This can be hard to measure, so in general try to water your lawn for an hour straight, once a week. The best time to apply water is in the morning, before the sun is out. If you water in the hottest part of the day, more water will evaporate, which won’t do your lawn any good.