Gardening Myths, Busted

When it comes to gardening, there are a lot of myths and misinformation. Here are a few popular ones, debunked.

Myth: Adding sand to clay soil will lighten it

Truth: The sand will make the soil hard and heavy, as it draws in a lot of water. This can also increase the risk of drowning your plants. Try loosening your clay soil with organic matters, or make a raised bed so that the water can flow somewhere else.

 

Myth: Young or newly planted trees should be staked

Truth: Staked trees might grow to be weaker, thinner and less stable than their un-staked counterparts. There are two possible solutions: place the trees in areas that are not too windy, or stake the tree on the same side as where the wind blows from. Use a soft fabric or material that won’t give the trees a permanent damage.

 

Myth: Organic is better

Truth: Just because something is “organic” or “natural”, it doesn’t mean that it’s better or safer for your garden. Natural pesticides can still kill beneficial insects such as ladybirds and bumblebees. Organic methods such as tilling can lead to more erosion and nutrient runoff.

 

Myth: Watering on a hot day will cause plant sunburn

Truth: In general, plants don’t get sunburn. However, it is still advisable to avoid watering when the sun is at its brightest to reduce the amount of evaporation. Mornings or after sunsets would be a great time to water your plants.