Having a garden is a great way to improve the look of your property and its value in a homeowners association. But sometimes it doesn’t go as you planned. To prevent wasted money at the garden center and you being left with a bed of dead flowers, there are a few things you need to take into account.
Here are some quick tips for preparing your best flower bed:
1. Start with a Clean Area
Remove all rocks, weeds, and roots from the bed before getting started. And be sure that the area gets enough sunlight. Also, check if water is likely to collect there. It’s important to plan these things out in advance so you won’t have to fix them after you’ve already planted.
2. Start from the seeds
Begin your flowerbed from the seeds so you can raise unusual varieties, save some money, and take pride in knowing you began your own garden just from tiny seeds.
Start your seeds in their coir pots, in trays, or in pots with a seedling mixture. Put them in a sunny place and plan to transplant them once they have sturdy stems.
3. Prepare for the Seasons
If you plan to replace your plants in a season or two, choose annuals. But if you want them to last a longer time, go with perennials. For your structure, use ornamental grasses or evergreen shrubs.
4. Allow Space
Make sure you leave enough room around each plant for them to grow. Tag and packet guidelines often tell you to put them as closely as possible to each other, but don’t forget to account for growth.
You’ll also want to dig the hole for each plant twice as wide as the pot it was originally in to allow for growth room.
5. Be Smart About Mulch
You must have mulch to prevent weeds and conserve moisture. However, don’t overdo it; an inch is plenty. And be careful not to pack it up against the plants, as that will cause rot. And once your garden bed is well established, the plants take care of protecting the soil so there’s often no need for mulch at that point.
Before you mulch, lay down layers of newspaper. This is preferable to landscaping fabric because it keep moisture from getting into the soil.
A beautiful garden means a prettier property and higher value. Use these tips to get started today! For more tips, see our article on planting a vegetable garden.