Common Garden Issues and How to Deal with Them

7 Common Garden Issues and How to Deal with Them

4th August 2023

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Hey fellow garden enthusiasts! Are you knee-deep in marigolds but feeling a little weedy about some unexpected garden problems? Don’t fret! Every garden, no matter how loved and tended, faces a few quirks and quibbles.

That being the way things are, it is worth taking a look at what you can actually do to improve the situation when those all too common garden issues do crop (pun intended) up from time to time.

Dealing with common garden issues

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1. Poor Lawn Quality

Ah, the elusive lush, green lawn. If your grass is looking a bit patchy or brown, it’s like your lawn is saying, “Hey, I need a little TLC here!” Consider aeration to let that soil breathe or overseeding to fill in those patchy spots. Keep an eye on watering and mowing habits too. Your grass is like that one friend who’s just a little bit picky. Find what it likes, and it’ll reward you with green, green happiness. Or, you could just go for a professional lawn installation. Let the experts lay some fresh, lush green grass so you don’t have to do the toil yourself.

2. Those Darn Weeds

Weeds are like the party crashers of the garden world. Uninvited, but there they are, mingling with your roses. Hand-pulling is a good old-fashioned method for saying goodbye to your weed problem, or you could try mulching to keep those pesky interlopers at bay. If you’re feeling adventurous, some gardeners swear by vinegar spritzes. Just be careful not to douse your beloved plants.

3. Bugs with Munchies

Bugs chowing down on your veggies and blooms? It’s like a 24/7 all-you-can-eat buffet for them. So, you might want to consider introducing natural predators like ladybugs or using insecticidal soaps. Oh, and please don’t forget that not all bugs are bad, so get to know your garden guests before showing them the door.

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4. Fungus Among Us

Fungus can sneak into a garden like that odd sock sneaks into every laundry load. To combat fungal diseases, you are going to want to ensure proper spacing between plants, avoid overhead watering, and keep an eye on humidity levels. Fungus hates a clean, airy space.

5. Too Much or Too Little Water

Watering is like the Goldilocks of gardening – not too much, not too little, but just right. If you notice wilting or yellowing leaves, your plants might be trying to whisper, “Help, I’m thirsty!” or “Yikes, I’m drowning!” Consider a drip irrigation system or a rain gauge to hit that watering sweet spot.

6. Planting Blues

Planting something that refuses to bloom or grow? It might be in the wrong spot, like how if you wear a winter coat to the beach you will soon be sweating and wilting yourself! Make sure your plants are in the right zone, getting the right amount of sun, and snuggled into the right type of soil, and chances are, all will be well again.

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7. Gardener Burnout

Hey, even the best gardeners need a break. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Gardening is a journey, not a sprint to the glorious finish line. Enjoy the process, learn from the quirks, and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.

Garden woes be gone!