Tips on Starting Flower Beds

Starting flower beds can be a lot of work, but the end result can significantly add to the curb appeal of your home. Take the time to prepare the space for your flower beds before you plant, and you can minimize the amount of maintenance your beds will require in the long run.

Preparation

Excavate the area for your flower beds by removing all of the stones, grass, roots and any other debris. Properly preparing the location for your flower beds is an important step to a beautiful landscape. A garden spade will help you remove the top layer of grass, sod or dirt from your flower bed area and a round point shovel will help remove roots and stones that are buried. Once the area is free of grass and debris, check the soil to determine if you need to add nutrients or bring in top soil. For areas with red clay, adding a layer of top soil or potting soil will help your flowers thrive.

Weed Prevention Membrane

The last thing you want to deal with in your flower beds are weeds. You can purchase a roll of weed prevention membrane from your local landscape supply and cover the entire area for your flower bed. The membrane is easy to cut with household shears, so you can fit it to any flower bed design. Lay the fabric right up to where the edging will be placed or to where the grass in your lawn begins.

Arrangement

Place your flowers in pots on top of the weed membrane before you cut the fabric and dig the planting holes. This will give you an idea of how your flower bed will look once everything is in the ground. Arrange flowers in your beds based on color and size, with the tallest bloomers in the back of the bed and the shortest in the front. Mix vibrant colors together for a mosaic effect or create a bed with shades of the same color to complement the exterior of your house.

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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.