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4 Gardening Myths Busted!

Do you really need a green thumb to be able to have a thriving garden?


Some people say that if a plant starts losing its leaves, it means that it lacks water. There are also some who believe that pest-repelling plants are free from pests. Of course, who doesn't know about the green thumb belief?

These are just some of the myths that we might have heard over the years. But which ones are true? If you've always wanted a lush garden, it pays to separate facts from myths. Let this list guide you.

Myth 1: Only a person with a 'green thumb' can maintain a garden and take care of plants

If your plants end up wilting, you might think that you don't have the capacity to take care of a few plants. Keep in mind that the green thumb is acquired over time. It takes dedication, research, and the willingness to learn. You need to take care of some plants first and learn about their needs. Nothing beats a strong commitment to maintain a garden.

Be open to tips given by professionals and always be on the lookout for new practices on how to keep plants healthy.

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Myth 2: When a tree starts losing its leaves, it's a sign that it needs more water 

Falling leaves are not necessarily signals from a tree. Trees who shed leaves are said to hibernate. The y build up new energy and after a period of inactivity, they will start to produce a new of leaves. You can always read and research on the different characteristics of plants. Doing this allows you to understand their needs better.

Myth 3: Removing fountains and any other water supply nearby can lessen mosquitoes

Although it is true that mosquitoes thrive in water, this does not mean that removing water sources and containers in the garden will get rid of mosquitoes permanently. Eliminate stagnant water—can be found in old planters and pails. These sources, when left for days, can become mosquito breeding grounds.

Myth 4: Pest-repelling plants are safe from pests

Herbs like eucalyptus, citronella, and rosemary contain a compound called pyrethrin that help ward off insects. However, this does not assure you that your plants will be protected 24/7. Familiarize yourself with their needs so you can best take care of them. Make sure you keep the garden clean and organized as well.

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