Why aren't my plants growing? Tips for a greener garden

Why aren't my plants growing? Tips for a greener garden

Time to give your garden a greener look with our hints and tips.

Flowers in green garden

If you have a garden, you quite likely have visions of looking outside and seeing lush green grass, colourful flowers, and majestic trees?

However, that is not always the case, as either your plants are sad and brown or your grass resembles more of a sandpit than anything else. You also try all you can, but nothing seems to work.

If you are keen to get the Top Billing-look for your garden, then put the following hints and tips into practice:

- Water at the right time

Yes, there is a right time to water your plants. Watering your plants in the middle of the day will mean you are fighting a losing battle. Evaporation will lead to most of the water not even having a chance to soak into the ground. The best time to water is at dusk, as that allows most of the water to reach the intended area, and the pesky sun cannot do anything about it! NB: If you have water restrictions in place at the moment, please remember to use water sparingly. Use grey water from the bath or basin as a substitute.

- Right place, right time

Certain flowers only grow in direct sunlight, while others require shade. Certain flowers also only grow at certain times of the year, so it is important to do your research. It is no good placing a pretty plant under a tree if it requires regular sunlight. This also goes for plants that require shade, as the sun will destroy them.

- Do not clutter your flowerbeds

It may look really nice filling up your garden with many different colours and plants, but the reality is that some plants struggle to grow when having to fight for real estate with other plants. Understand the types of plants you have and want to use, and respect that some need space. You will also run into the issue of plants fighting for water, with some losing out and dying out as a result.

- Feed your plants

Water is obviously the element which keeps flowers alive, but things like bone meal and other fertilizers are a must to keep your garden looking in pristine condition. Fertilizers soak into the soil and provide nutrients for the plants to prosper. Combined with water, you have a winning formula which will only lead to a garden the neighbours will envy.

- Keep pesky omnivores away

The more green your garden, the greater the appeal for things like snails and worms. Placing snail and worm bait down will restrict their presence and ensure that you aren't left with half-eaten leaves and flowers. If you have pets, ask an expert at your local garden centre which the safest course of action is, as you don't want to poison your dog or cat by accident.

Do you have any tips to add? Let us know in the comments section below.

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