Were you hoping to garden this year only to find that your yard wasn’t quite ready for you? There are many different reasons to give raised beds a try this season, and improved soil quality is just one. Raised beds allow you to have full control over what soil your plants are going into, improved drainage, easier maintenance, and they’re better for your back too! If you’re ready to give raised beds a try, we have a few tips to get you started.
Customize Your Layout
One of the lesser considered benefits of raised beds is that they allow for impressive customization, and you can make them as interesting or as simple as you would like. Paint them hot pink, make them out of stained wood, or whatever will look best in your space. Raised beds become an architectural feature in your landscape, so ensuring that they look good is important.
Start Your Build Strong
In some cases, you may find that it’s better to have professionals, like our team at Atlantic Maintenance, help with the initial build. As you begin to plan, there are a few steps you need to take that can be complicated. As you begin you’ll need to find an area of your yard that is suitable – it needs to get plenty of rain but also have decent drainage. Once you clear away any surface cover, you’ll put in anchors for your beds and ensure that the space is level before you begin construction. If you’re not very handy, have mobility issues, or want to ensure your beds look professional and compliment your landscape, having a team help with the build can be incredibly beneficial.
Filling Your Beds
Before you begin to add your dirt, adding a lining of hardware cloth or chicken wire can be an incredibly important step. Both options allow for water, nutrients, and roots to grow through, but keep pests like gophers from burrowing into your garden to eat all your plants. Once you have a lining in place, you can begin to fill the plots with soil. You may want to add an irrigation system as well. Because raised beds have a harder time drawing water up from the ground, they will need more regular watering. An irrigation system helps to ensure you stay on top of your watering routine and makes gardening even easier!
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