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10 Things You Should Not Do In Your Garden


If you’re like most people, then your garden is a place you go to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether it’s hosting an outdoor dinner party or enjoying some alone time with a good book, we all love spending time in our gardens. But as much as we might enjoy them, there are things we should never do.

Purchasing Cheap Products

So many places sell low-quality gardening tools and supplies at super low prices, and they work very well at first! But after a few months, they start to break down, and you’re left trying to fix them with string or tape. Save yourself the trouble in advance by spending more on your tools so that when it’s time for replacement, there won’t be any hassle involved. Always buy from a trusted manufacturer or brand.

Pests Without A Plan

No matter how hard we try as gardeners, pests will come into our gardens from time to time. If you don’t do anything about the pests, they will only continue to grow in number until they completely destroy your garden! Whether you’re dealing with the dreaded aphids or simply an over-eager rabbit, you must have a solution on how to handle them.  

Doing All The Work Yourself

It’s important to get your family and friends involved in gardening if they’re interested, or at least let them help out when needed! You can’t expect everyone to have the same green thumb that you do, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try. Plus, it will make things a lot more fun, and who knows? They might surprise you with some hidden talents! 

Having A “Hands Off” Approach

One of the best parts about gardening is being able to get your hands dirty and see what’s been going on with it from day to day. On a busy schedule, it can be tempting to completely forget about our gardens until you have time for them again, but resist that temptation! You’ll never know if something is wrong unless you pop in every few days at least – there might even be some new life sprouting up while you’re gone. 

Not Using Natural Controls

Sometimes we get so caught up with using chemicals and pesticides that we forget about natural remedies – but they can be highly effective when used rightly. For example, many plants (like the bitter cucumber) grow naturally on their own and repel pests from your garden. If you’re not sure where to start, though, don’t worry! There are plenty of online resources out!

Using Tools That Aren’t Right For The Job

It’s essential to use the right tool for the job, whether it means using a spade instead of your hands or picking up that chainsaw you’ve been eyeing. If nothing else, remember these words: “Measure twice; cut once.” We all make mistakes sometimes, but if we can avoid them in advance by taking our time and thinking things through first, why wouldn’t we do so? Always thinking ahead is a great way to save ourselves from unnecessary stress and frustration later on!

Watering Too Much Or Too Little

This one is especially common for people who don’t have a lot of experience with gardening. It’s best to start by completely ignoring your garden and not giving it any water at all – this will help you see what kind of moisture the soil naturally has. From there, make sure that when you do water your plants, they get thoroughly soaked! Watering just once or twice a week is not enough and can be more harmful than good.

Not Taking Advantage Of The Right Soil

The type of soil you use in a particular part of the garden can make or break how well certain plants grow. Some require sandier soils, others need looser ones, and some even prefer being planted directly into the dirt! Don’t just try mixing different types until something works because every plant deserves its own perfect home. 

Leaving Plants Dormant During Winter

Winter can be a tricky time for gardeners because, as much as we all love the snow and cold weather, it’s not so nice to our plants! They need sunlight just like us during this period of hibernation. If you want them to bounce back once spring is in full swing, make sure they get at least some exposure throughout winter. Also, don’t be surprised if you need to water them a little more frequently during this time! Lastly, remember that garden gloves will keep your hands nice and toasty in the cold weather!

Making The Same Mistakes Every Year

It’s easy to make mistakes, especially if they’re something we’ve done a hundred times before. However, avoid them altogether by learning from past experiences instead of repeating them over and over again. For example, using the wrong fertilizers, even if you’ve done so previously without problems, can lead to an abundance of pests!

If you feel like you often end up with more weeds than flowers after planting seeds every spring – then why not try using weed-blocking fabric or mulch? You could even plant bulbs instead of seeds for an instant boost next year! There are always new ways to do things better, no matter how many years go by. No one is perfect, but it’s important to keep trying anyway.


When fertilizers are used right, there isn’t any downside to it – but they can cause harm if they’re overused or mixed with other chemicals. It might sound appealing on paper (more growth = more beautiful flowers), but keep in mind that too many nutrients will only kill your plants faster than anything else! Always follow the instructions on fertilizers and use them sparingly. Lastly, it’s important to avoid mixing fertilizers with both weed-killing chemicals and any other pesticides.

Not Rotating Plants And Flowers

When you buy new flowers or fruit plants, they’ll often come with recommendations of where to plant them. This is helpful information that you should not take lightly! It’s crucial for your garden to “cycle” every year – it provides a fresh look while also ensuring that certain plants don’t get too much exposure in one area over time. This can result in soil that is depleted and full of pests – both of which not only look bad but will likely lead to your plants dying.

Putting Too Many Plants In One Area

When it comes down to it, most flowers, fruit trees, vegetables, etc., need a lot more space than we give them! It’s important to keep this idea in mind when planting new things or even adding too many different types of the same plant together. Remember, there are always exceptions (such as using hanging baskets), so if you’re unsure about something, ask an expert at a garden center for some advice! Lastly, don’t be afraid to start over entirely with your gardening project if needed because sometimes less truly is more!


There are many things you can do in your garden to ensure success – but there are also many ways for it all to go wrong. Don’t let these simple mistakes get the best of you this season; and instead, learn from them! Always keep in mind that practice makes perfect, and you’ll be amazed at what flowers, fruits, vegetables, etc., come out of your garden next year! Now that you’re armed with this knowledge, there’s no reason why your garden can’t be the best it’s ever been.