FORTY-ONE is the age we officially get in to gardening, a new survey has revealed.
Researchers took an in depth look into the precise time in our lives that we turn our attention to our outdoor spaces – and found that it is not until we reach 41 that we become green fingered.
Up until this point, nearly three in ten adults continue to rely on elderly parents to sort out their outdoor space – with one in twenty even calling on grandparents to tend to their gardens.
A further one in ten resort to watching clips on YouTube to help remedy their horticultural issues.
The poll by Fiskars revealed a third of clueless adults have NEVER trimmed a hedge and nearly a quarter haven’t ever potted a plant.
A further 23 per cent of the 1,500 adults polled claim to have NEVER mown a lawn or raked leaves in the garden.
The survey showed more than a third of respondents describe their garden as a place to escape it all and one in ten said they were immensely proud of the way their outdoor space looked.
A quarter of Brits see themselves as a keen gardener – with more than half of adults itching for summer to arrive so they can get back out in to their gardens.
However, half of the adults that took part in the poll said they wouldn’t be able to identify a fuchsia, 40 per cent would struggle to spot a pansy and more than half wouldn’t know a germanium when they saw one.
Getting stung by stinging nettles, pulling up a flower, mistaking it for a weed and trapping fingers in deckchairs are just some of the calamities Brits have faced when trying to tackle the garden.
Cutting the grass with no blade in the mower, putting your hand in cat mess and treading on an upturned rake were other common faux pas.
Kids toys strewn everywhere, the grass growing too quickly and not having the right tools for the job are among the things that annoy us about our gardens.