8 common gardening mistakes to avoid

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A nice garden is the perfect welcome to a home as there's nothing better than being greeted by nature itself. Greenery engulfs us with tranquility and serenity, so that we are already at peace even before we step into the house. The garden gives us the opportunity to enjoy nature from the comfort of our homes. 

Gardening is not rocket science, but it does take a few good tips or trials and errors to get it just right. It's also possible to easily avoid some common gardening mistakes, which can save you a lots of time, effort and money in the long-run. Read on to discover some clever tips on gardening and be on your way to cultivating a proper garden.

1. Over-planting

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Kannan—Sonali and Gaurav's residence

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Planting everything close together won’t give plants enough room to thrive. Different plants have different space requirements, but in general, the bigger the plant is, the more space you should leave empty for when it grows bigger. 

2. Not knowing your garden

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A Luxirious Thatched Villa

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Know what terrain you’re working with before purchasing plants. This means the type of soil you have in your garden and also the microclimates in your garden—for example, the sunny spots and shady spots. For more information, please refer to our article titled 10 essentials for starting a vegetable garden at home.

3. Starting without a plan

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Residence M-35

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You’ll spend more money to fix what wasn’t properly thought through. For more ideas, please also read our article titled save money by buying used gardening equipment.

4. Ignoring the architecture of your house

Your garden should complement your home and add curb appeal. You might also want to read 8 mistakes we unknowingly commit in our balcony gardens.

5. Planting too close to your home

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3G HOUSE – UMA SURESH

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Trees and bushes will grow bigger, so where you initially put them matters. Never plant a tree or wild creepers too close to your home as the roots can cause damage to the structure of the house. 

6. Keeping things too neat

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Nature is unruly and your landscape should reflect that, or it’s boring. However if you prefer your garden to be really neat and tidy due to space constraints, here are 10 container gardening ideas for small spaces.

7. Not minding your mulch

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Mulch is basically organic matter like dried leaves or fine branches which are placed in between plants to avoid weeds from growing and also to nourish the plants from the decomposing organic matter. Mulch can be very helpful, but don't use too much mulch or you might suffocate the plants or make the garden look messy. 

8. Watering at the wrong time of day

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Temple Bells—Arati and Sundaresh's Residence

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Water in the morning and that’s it, otherwise it won’t reach the roots. If you water the plants in the afternoon when it's hot and then sun is at its strongest, it will not be able to soak up the water efficiently and it can also cause the plants to over-heat. 

We hope this idea book has been helpful. For more ideas like this, please also read our article titled 7 easy steps to create a kitchen garden in your small home.

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