Avoid making the 4 most common gardening mistakes


Whatever your own vision for your garden, chances are that you want an outdoor space that’s as comfortable as it is attractive to look at. After all, don’t we all? That’s why we stock a huge range of timber decking and composite decking products here at Savoy Timber, giving you everything you need to get comfortable in your garden.

And of course, if you’ve spent any time on the blog at all, you may well have seen us discussing plants as a great way to add a bit of extra visual flair to your outdoor space. Like most other things in life though, it does take a bit of forthought, not to mention a careful eye. Here are some of the top mistakes to avoid!

Going overboard

This is one of the single most common mistakes that gardeners make, and it’s not hard to see why. If you’ve ever watched the RHS Chelsea Show Gardens, you may have noticed that they’ve got a tendency to pack in impressive numbers of plants into relatively compact spaces, for maximum visual impact.

However, while that might work quite well for the polished world of daytime television, it can easily end up looking too crowded and overwhelming. Instead, it’s far better to focus your attention on a much smaller number of flowers or shrubs. If you want to create your own sort of visual impact, you can cluster several of the same type into small groups, or repeat plants of the same type at regular intervals. Don’t forget to make a note of how much the plant will grow before you actually buy it, so you can accurately work out how much space it will take up.

Underestimating vigorous shrubs

Some types of plants are a little more… well, eager than others. Plants well known for this eagerness include buddleia, Clematis Montana, and of course the notorious rambling roses (the name says it all, really). Plants like these are typically labelled as ‘spreading readily’ or ‘self sowing’.

If you don’t want them to overgrow large parts of your garden, this can make them a real headache to maintain. (Another reason why it’s best to double check the eventual size of plants before you buy them!) So, either stick to slow growers, or get your garden ladder ready and be prepared to be very hot on garden maintenance.

Neglecting container plants

It’s no secret that people tend to overwater houseplants, which is sometimes euphemistically described as ‘killing with kindness’. Part of the problem is that since they’re in pots, they don’t have any drainage, and that means they tend to sit in water and rot.

planting tables

Weirdly enough, the opposite is true of outdoor container plants, which don’t tend to get the benefit of enough water. Even though they’re left outdoors to enjoy the rain, it can be easy to forget about what some people call a ‘rain shield’ – like a porch, guttering or shrub that can block it from getting all the water it needs.

So if you’re relying on a container plant to give your outdoor space a bit of a splash of colour, don’t forget to let it enjoy a splash or two itself occasionally. Container plants are entirely dependent on you, so check them regularly!

Digging too much in winter

It’s time to face facts – the warm, sunny weather is finally on the way out for this year, so you might already be thinking about when you’re planning on tackling the soil during the rainier months, so it’s ready for spring next year.

But don’t be too eager with those garden implements. By all means fork over the veg garden to clear away some of those persistent perennials, but hold off on doing anything too much more intensive. The winter frost will do a perfectly capable job of dealing with any clay, and if you start raking too early, you can all too easily end up creating a cap of sorts on the soil. This then gets compacted into crust by the winter rain, which can make life tough for your plants, and ultimately have a noticeable impact on your garden by the time the sunshine comes back around.


Instead, experts recommend just plumping a decent amount of compost on top of the soil by the time the Spring sunshine comes around. Sometimes the simplest solutions really are the best.

In fact, that’s what we’re all about here at Savoy Timber. Our motto is DIY Made Easy, which is why we stock a huge variety of products designed to make it easier to shape your outdoor space into exactly what you want it to be. Our easy fit decking kits make it as simple and straightforward as possible for you to kickstart your decking project, while our composite decking boards are perfect for achieving a particularly sophisticated or contemporary look. If you fancy browsing our products for yourself, feel free to pay a visit to our DIY stores in Blackpool, Preston or Wigan, and if you’ve got any questions or need any advice then one of our friendly members of staff will be only too happy to assist!