The summer is supposed to be a time of unmitigated joy (at least that’s what the commercials promised us), but the season, like any other, is not without its challenges. From cranky kids to that feeling of never being completely clean and sweat free, there’s a lot to grumble about the summer.
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The garden can be a particular source of frustration for those whose fingers have barely begin to turn green. We all want a garden that’s conducive to barbecues, garden parties and long sunny Sundays spend reading and playing with the kids in the garden bathed in the amber glow of the sun. But when your garden just won’t get with the program, it can feel as though the entire season is conspiring against you.
Here we’ll look at some of the most common garden frustrations of the season and how they can be overcome by even the most nascent and inexperienced gardeners.
Plants that just won’t grow
The summer is the time when most of us drive down to the garden center with a whole lot of ambition and some grand designs for our gardens. We purchase a plethora of plants that will bring beauty and splashes of color to our space or allow us to grow our own organic veggies to feed our families. But our dreams can be dashed beyond all hope when we plant these specimens only to find that the darned things just refuse to grow. If this is a cause of frustration for you, it’s time to address the potential causes;
- Space- Plants that are placed too close together can compete for the nutrients available in the soil. If one plant is flowering at the expense of others, it may be worth considering how they are spaced.
- Insufficient (or too much) water- Too much or too little can be fatal to plants and finding the time to get the balance just right can be tricky and time consuming. Which is why it’s a great idea to design your sprinkler system to suit your plants. This takes the worry and the effort out of a beautiful garden.
- The wrong soil- Plants have specific needs in terms of the soil in which they grow. The wrong pH balance, the wrong composition of nutrients or too much sand or clay in the soil and they won’t grow. Invest in a soil testing kit and see what you need to add to your soil to make its pH balance more favorable to your plants.
A lawn full of weeds
There’s nothing more frustrating than a the appearance of an immaculate lawn becoming besmirched by the [presence of weeds here and there. What most of us don’t realize is that we’re inadvertently buying grass seed that is also full of weed seeds. The next time you buy grass seeds be sure to buy a brand that’s 100% grass seeds and weed free.
Moss where grass should be growing
If your green patches are green because of moss rather than grass it’s likely because your soil is too densely packed for the grass seeds to get the nutrition that they need to grow from the soil. Fortunately, aerating your lawn will enable you to grow a lawn full of lush, thick and dense grass.
Even though keeping your garden perfect can be frustrating, there are rarely any problems that can’t be fixed when you have the right solutions.