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Common Gardening Myths Debunked

Not knowing the facts in any situation can be harmful. When it comes to gardening myths, misunderstandings or a lack of knowledge can lead to plant damage, excessive use of chemicals, and expensive mistakes.

Enter gardening myths, old wives tales and folklore. Here are a few of the more common gardening fables:

  • Myth: Watering before a freeze prevents damage to plants. Truth: Maintaining good, overall plant health throughout the year is key to a plant’s ability to survive a freeze.
  • Myth: You should always paint/dress all tree wounds resulting from pruning or damage. Truth: Only oaks, which are susceptible to the oak wilt virus, require this kind of treatment to prevent the spread of this aggressive disease that kills thousands of oaks every year.
  • Myth: Watering during the day burns plant leaves. Truth: Water droplets on plant leaves can act as prisms, but not magnifying glasses. However, watering during the middle of the day when evaporation occurs rapidly is wasteful and a violation of year-round watering restrictions.

Bogus advice abounds in the world of gardening and much of it isn’t worth repeating. But knowledge is power. May these truths set your inner gardener free!

Erin Conant
Erin Conant
Erin Conant has a passion for all things related to plants. Our former SAWS conservation consultant is now at home with her family passionately establishing their own urban farm and spreading the word of water conservation.
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