One of the best ways of making your backyard look beautiful is creating a glorious backyard garden. However, one of the problems that many of us face while getting started is making simple "newbie mistakes" from lack of experience. The good news is that we can learn from others mistakes instead of making them ourselves. Here's are of the top ten most common gardneing mistakes and how you can avoid making them with your backyard garden.
MISTAKE: Accidentially purchasing diseased plants or unhealthy plants.
SOLUTION: Inspect the foliage for insect damage like aphids (little green bugs), scale (translucent bumps or blisters), and spider mites (internet). Instead, go for plants with lush, buoyant, vibrant-looking foliage.
MISTAKE: Choosing flowers in full bloom
SOLUTION: Don't be seduced by pots with abundant flowers. Rather, try to find healthy foliage and plump buds. Let the plants blom in the ground at your house, as opposed to in pots at the nursery.
MISTAKE: Ignoring the labels
SOLUTION: The plastic tags sticking out of baby room pots consist of important plant details. In addition to water and light requirements-- and bloom times, if suitable-- they explain how big a plant will get. While it may seem evident, mistakes like growing a tall perennial in the front of a border or tucking a dwarf range towards the back of a bed are really common.
MISTAKE: Shopping for just flowers, not foliage
SOLUTION: It's important to know when each particular blooming plant is blooming at its prime. Before you buy any type of blooming plant, first study the plants blooming patterns.
MISTAKE: Buying insufficient quantities of a single variety
SOLUTION: The worst thing to do is to taking 2 or 3 pots from just one particular speciman. Depending on the size of the pot and the kind of plant, its best to purchase 3 to 6 plant containers. This will produce a more unified, well-designed appearance in your garden.
MISTAKE: Waiting too long to put pots in the ground
SOLUTION: Try to place plants in the ground as quickly as you bring them home. To find out the best location, first set the pots out in the beds where you 'd like to see them placed, and then move them around to match your design. Then, step away from the garden and look at the big picture and make sure it looks great.
MISTAKE: Picking plants with inadequate root systems
SOLUTION: Steer clear of anything that is "root-bound." You'll know a plant is "root-bound" when you see a mass of roots coming out of the bottom of the plant's container. These tangled can actually suffocate and rob the plant of its nutrients. It's best to just leave those underdeveloped roots at the nursey so they can grow a bit more.
MISTAKE: Failing to figure out a color design
SOLUTION: Many different colors can be beautiful, but not every color looks beautiful together. When you're looking for plants, don't think about every one separately; instead, think about the plants as larger group. Gardens look best with a specific color design. Pick a color design you like and stick to it.
MISTAKE: Trying to do all of it yourself.
SOLUTION: The worse thing to do "go it alone." Always seek out nursery workers and pepper them with question. One of the best ideas is to find a local nursey who has employees that are knowledgeable and passionate about plants.
MISTAKE: Not knowing the dimensions of your garden.
SOLUTION: One idea is to bring a photo of the garden bed that you are planting. From there, employees can assist you purchase the right variety of plants, pick the right size, and find colors that go well together.