DIY (Do It Yourself) Guide – Creating Planting Beds

Advice for Creating Planting Beds

excavation footingHave you ever passed by a property and left mesmerized by the beauty, the symmetry and concordance. A very stylish villa in a setting of a lush green yard having flower beds that complement offering the perfect décor.  It may happen that while looking at such scenery you become inspired and would like to have some flowers all around your property or create an island that will become a focal point on your yard. You already have a garden but is astonished at how orderly and beautiful the property you have just seen with the different plants looks. Whatever the situation, if you have decided to do some gardening we have some great tips on how to create planting beds and offer some much needed advice.

Landscaping for a planting bed

If the purpose of your gardening is aesthetic, to offer your property a fantastic aspect, landscaping for the planting bed necessitate taking into consideration different elements. Of course you should know the types of plants you will place in the bed. Have in mind some perennials and mix with a few annuals. Mixing colours that match perfectly is essential and the perennial will keep the garden looking beautiful throughout the year. of course you may have a vegetable garden but the point is a planting bed is essential and depending on  the use, you can make the most stunning garden to leave people with desire. For a start, proportion is essential (in the case that you are creating much more than just a garden for vegetables).

Do not be afraid to make mark the bed area large if necessary. Ideally, an island bed in the front yard should be at least a minimum of 20’ long and 12’ in diameter to have an impact. Different aspect will come into play and your overall surrounding can set the tone. You do not need to be a professional but doing a bit of research can help. The height of the plant all play a role.  You may want to sketch your bed if making an island and mark where each type of plants might go and the effect it may provide.

Arranging the planting bed

If you have found an ideal location for the bed you might want to mark the area using spray paint. Obviously if the area contains grass, it is necessary to clear the grass. This can be done manually or with chemicals. A good herbicide sprayed in the area according to instructions should do the truck or,   if clearing grass the old fashion way you need to remove the sod. You should dig at least 2’ to remove the sod in the area of the bed. Once the area is clear depending on the method used you can start giving consideration in shaping the bed accordingly. Again, in this regard the setting also plays a role (whether the bed is already on a slope; just off the walls of the building). Consider that you will need to add top soil. The top soil can shape your bed. For instance; if your bed is just off the wall of your building, you would want water to drain away from the building so at the back just where the bed borders with the building should be a bit higher sloping downward ½ inch for every 50 feet depending on the size of your bed. If making an island, the centre of the island should be the highest point. At least 8’ to 12’ of good top soil should be enough to arrange the bed properly.

garden layoutGaining much popularity is placing the removed sod face down in the area of the bed and covering with layers of newspapers or plain cardboard and afterward covering with top soil or mulch. The newspaper will smother anything growing in the area and with time the sod may also improve the soil quality.

If you already have a beautiful lush lawn this is a testimony of a healthy soil, there is not much need to testing the soil for the PH level. But, if your soil has much to be desired and is problematic, testing the soil to know the best composition of top soil to add including the different organic composition depending on the types of plants that you are going to be growing may be necessary. If you have clay soil, you may want to make it more loose, similarly if you have sandy soil you may seek to make the soil much more able to retain moisture. A good top soil is rich in organic matter. Buying from your local gardening shop you can often find very good soil or even obtain advice depending on the plant you will be planting. Compost is also favoured to be used for improving the quality of soil. With you bed completed, the form given and the soil quality adequate; you are ready to plant anything you much desire according to the season.

What you need to know

Obviously the purpose of creating a planting bed is to have some great plants blossom or edible plants. Knowing the basic of creating a planting bed suffice for that. Certainly if you give it a bit of thought, you will not only be seeking to grow plants but desire your garden to look nice. You may have all type of inspiration. The layout of your planting bed can be as simple as a square or have many different patterns. You may consult different books or even make a search on the internet on how to make some fantastic designs depending on the area that you want your planting bed to cover or the landscape topology. Very beautiful and astonishing designs can be made with a lot of ease despite the difficulty of the appearance. For many designs, starting by marking a square of the area that is going to be covered and working from the inside out to define the pattern should be enough to make you look like a professional.

What will define your planting bed is the mixture of plants. If you are making an edible garden and would like to have things like tomatoes, cucumber and other edible produce grow the consideration to aesthetic may not be as much as when making flower beds.  garden bedsVisual impact has the greater effect depending on the size and the colour. Your geographical location will also define in some aspect the type of plants to grow.  For consideration here are just some combination that goes very well together:

Use a piece of paper and sketch the plants that you have in mind positioning each depending on how the colours can match.  Seeing visually can give you a much better appreciation of the colour. In recent days you can even visualise with computer programming your garden as you would like it to look. Technological advancement means that you can have a better appreciation of proportion and colour.

Making a planting bed is a very simple DIY job but it can be astonishingly beautiful making you seem like a professional.

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