When it comes to making your garden a better place, there are many tasks you need to consider. There is no denying that most landscaping tasks require time and patience on your end and the flower bed building is a vivid example of such a project. There are some caveats you need to be aware of, especially if you are going to accept the challenging mission of building the flower bed on your own. Here are a few guidelines that will save you the mundane trial-error process.
Ask yourself a few questions first – does the chosen spot get enough sunlight? Is the soil in good condition – no weeds, rocks, debris? Do you have a vision about the flower bed design? Last but not least – do you have enough free time and expertise to complete the project on your own or would you rather contact your local landscaping experts? If you think you can make it on your own, pull your sleeves up and keep reading.
Dig the flower bed – make sure you use the right digging technique to avoid back pain afterwards. For the purpose, use a shovel and start digging from the centre of the area where your flower bed will be. Wedge the shovel to remove the turf, then lift the soil and throw it away from the work area. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of edging. You can use bricks, wood or stones.
Build a raised flower bed – this project might be successfully completed even by landscaping amateurs. All you have to do is visit your local home and garden improvement store and get a raised flower bed kit. It contains everything you need to create a bed from scratch, but keep in mind that you will not be able to tweak the bed to an extent it meets your personal preferences.
Time for planting – once you have your flower bed ready, it is time to proceed to planting your favourite annuals and perennials. You might have looked through hundreds of landscaping magazines and websites, but do not blindly follow the trends. Before you pick up your plants, you’d better take into account the climate in your region as well as the bed location.
Some plants prefer shady areas while others love being bathed in sunshine. There are literally hundreds of species to choose from – marigolds, snapdragons, lobelia, sweet alyssum, cosmos, ivy geranium, calibrachoa. If you are not sure about the best flowers that will thrive in your area, you can always consult landscaping professionals. They know best which plants do well in hot/humid regions, and which are suitable for small or larger beds.