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Discover three of the most common flower-gardening mistakes people make, as well as tips to enjoy a thriving flower garden this year.  
Do you have dreams of having the most beautiful flower garden in the neighborhood this year? If so, and if you weren’t blessed with a natural green thumb, then you might need a little help along the way. With some guidance from a reputable plant nursery or gardening center, as well as some advice on common mistakes to avoid, you can be on your way to a thriving flower garden!

1. Starting With Bad Soil

Before you even start toiling away in your garden, take a sample of your soil and have it tested. This is something that can be done at most nurseries and gardening centers. Unfortunately, flowers cannot thrive in poor soil no matter how much care and TLC you may offer them. On the other hand, if you start with healthy soil, then flower gardening will become much easier!
A soil test will tell you everything you need to know about your soil’s composition, as well as what steps you may need to take to improve it (such as adding organic compost to fertilize). Once you have healthy soil, you can move onto planting your flowers with greater confidence.

2. Over- or Under-Watering

It’s no secret that flowers need water in order to grow, but the amounts of water needed can vary greatly from one flower to the next—making it difficult to get just right. Over-watering your flowers may seem harmless enough, but in reality, too much water can cause the roots of the plant to become over-saturated and rotted. On the flip side, failing to water your flowers enough will obviously cause them to wilt and die.
When it comes to keeping your flowers properly hydrated, it’s important to ensure that not just the top layer of soil is saturated. This is where installing a drip-irrigation system  can come in handy. And of course, be mindful of the weather and water your flowers more often during times of drought (and less often during times of heavy rain).

3. Ignoring Imbalances in the Garden

Not all flowers and plants mix well together. Just as you wouldn’t want to plant asparagus next to onions in your vegetable garden,  there are certain flowers that should be kept away from each other because they may be too competitive for nutrients or attract certain pests. Just the same, there are flowers that make for excellent companions to other plants. For example, did you know that < href=””> Sweet Alyssum pairs well with Swiss chard? Take your time to research companion flowers before you plant; your local nursery can be a great resource in this regard.
These are just a few of the most common flower-care mistakes people make in their gardens. The good news is that, as you can see, these problems are easily avoidable. With a little care and research, you can make this your best gardening year yet!

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