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shutterstock_138800489Plenty of people are worried that their flowerbed will be extremely difficult to build. While it does take some planning, it’s not too hard to create a flower bed! Typically, your flower garden won’t be the same as anyone else you know since flowerbeds can be set up in any design that you desire. You’re in charge of your garden, which means your flowerbeds will reflect what you want! You should also check out the three things you need to know about planting flowers before you begin, but read on to learn about how to create flowerbeds!

 

How to Create a Flowerbed

Beginner gardeners may be overwhelmed when learning how to create flowerbeds. Before you even start your flowerbed, you need to determine a suitable location for it. You have to determine the amount of available light (which will affect which flowers you plant), and the nearby structures. Make sure that you are optimizing the space of your yard. You’re going to want to make sure that you have a nearby water source as well.

Before planting your flowerbed, try making a sketch of the area. This way, you can determine what you want your flowerbed to look like as far as size and shape are concerned. By making a sketch instead of just going straight into creating the flowerbed, you can take your time and determine what best suits you. It will also be easier for you to choose plants that are compatible to the area. Once you’re done sketching, use something non-permanent (like a garden hose, or flour) to mark out the shape of the bed. If you want a raised bed, determine the type and amount of edging material as well.

 

How to Start a Flowerbed

Now that you have a general idea of the location, size, and shape of your flowerbed, it’s time to build it! Typically, the first thing you’ll do when creating a flowerbed is to remove the grass that was there initially. You can do this in a variety of ways, including digging it out, applying herbicide, or even smothering it with newspaper.

Digging out the grass is usually the harder option. Use a flat shovel, and dig down about four-five inches around the bed’s perimeter. Carefully, peel back the sod and then loosen the soil underneath. After, you can add plants, water thoroughly, and mulch to keep weeds out.

The more common approaches are those that don’t involve digging. However, you still need to get rid of the grass, so you should try to smother the grass with cardboard or newspaper. Smothering is quick and effective and it doesn’t use harmful chemicals like herbicides do.

Typically it’s best to start the no-dig bed in spring (for summer planting) or in fall, when grass starts to become dormant. Cover the area you want to use in your flowerbed with cardboard or newspaper, and then saturate it with water. Add six inches of compost or rich soil with organic mulch and then start planting! If you’re creating a flowerbed with the intention of adding a full garden, you should check out how to prep your yard for a garden.

If you’d like help with your landscape design, or you’d like your flowerbeds to be taken care of by professionals who have plenty of experience, you should contact us today!

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