Myths About Garden Landscaping
Top 5 Myths on Garden Landscaping Debunked
The internet is flooded with information and ideas on professional landscaping. How do you know how much of this is true, and how much is plainly false information? The truth is, with so much of data floating around, separating the facts from the myths can be difficult. To help you out with this, we have compiled a list of the top five myths about garden landscaping, and the truth about them.
The Myth: Watering your garden in the evening helps conserve water.
The Truth: Many people believe that watering the garden after the sun goes down helps to conserve water and makes it go further in, and at the same time, it is important to ensure that you adhere to building standards and tolerances especially where water conservation is required, such as drought prone areas. The incorrect reason behind this myth is that people believe that watering the plants when the sun is out makes the water dry out faster and perhaps even before the roots have a fair chance to absorb the moisture. On the contrary, the truth is that watering the garden at night only ends up making the water remain on the lawn surface. This increases the growth of lawn fungus and bacteria.
The Myth: Freshly pruned bits need to be coated with varnish or paint.
The Truth: Applying tar or paint as a coating to areas of plants that are newly pruned is thought to keep fungal infections at bay. In reality, these kinds of cover-ups and wound dressing only ends up damaging the heartwood of the tree much faster than the norm. The wood decays more rapidly because of the fact that tar or varnish collects moisture around the open areas, thus allowing infections to grow at a greater speed. The best route to take is to leave the pruned opening to tackle itself, as plants are good at developing their own defense mechanisms.
The Myth: Cutting the grass very short helps postpone the next mowing session by a greater extent.
The Truth: This might appear to be a good strategy in the short run. However, down the line, cutting the grass in your lawn very closely will only end up damaging the surface. This in turn will require that you put in more time and efforts into undoing the damage and repairing the mistakes. So the purpose that you had in the beginning is completely lost a few months or years later.
The Myth: Spring is the only right time to do all the plating.
The Truth: This myth probably has its roots in the fact that planting in summer and in winter gives terrible results for opposing reasons. Both these seasons have extreme temperatures, and therefore, are not ideal for planting saplings. However, it is unwise to rule out fall. Autumn is a very good time to plant your garden, and late autumn is sometimes a much better time than spring.
The Myth: Watering your garden every day is a brilliant technique.
The Truth: It is actually possible to have too much of a good thing. Grass and other smaller plants can begin to suffer damage from being watered too much or too often. Another disadvantage of watering grass too often, and in small amounts, can make the grass develop a shallow root system. Instead, try and water your lawn less frequently, but with greater amounts of water, and watch the grass as it flourishes by developing a healthier root system that runs deep.