How to Make Raised Flower Beds How to Make Raised Flower Beds
Raised flower beds have many advantages. One is that you don't have to depend on the existing soil to provide the nutrients that your plants will need. With a raised flower bed, you don’t have to dig and till, and you can protect your flowers from burrowing critters. You can create a 4 foot by 8 foot flower bed in one afternoon.
Step One - Pick a Spot
Choose a place where you will see your flowers and where they will get appropriate sun exposure.
Step 2– Choose Your Lumber and Soil
Choose lumber that fits your budget and preferences. Treated lumber will last the longest but has toxic chemicals associated with it. Avoid inhaling saw dust from treated lumber while sawing it. Cedar and Redwoods have natural bug and fire resistance and are very beautiful. Fir is the most economical choice. Select a planting soil that is ideal for the flowers you want to grow. You will need 16 cubic feet of soil.
Step 3- Create a Frame
Cut one 2x6x8 feet in half and create two, 2x6x4 feet. Arrange the four boards into a rectangle with butt joint corners. Pilot drill the holes then screw together the butt joints. Position the frame on your spot and stake down the corners if necessary.
Step 4- Weed and Animal Control
Spread the poultry wire out in the frame so that you have 6 inches sticking out over the edge of the frame, all the way around. Start at a corner and miter cut the wire. Stop at the inside corner of the frame. Push the wire down into the frame and staple the edges into the frame. This will keep unwanted animals out. Repeat the wire treatment with ground fabric for weed control.
Step 5- Fill and Plant
Spread out the soil with a rake, plant your favorite flowers and you have a beautiful flower bed.