How to build borders
Flower & plant beds can breathe life into any garden, with a large variety of flowers and plants available from low to high maintenance, your imagination is the only limit. Beds are usually accompanied by a smooth clear cut border either directly with your lawn, path or rock work. As a clear cut border requires careful planning and maintenance, below is a guide on how to create your own beds and borders in your garden:
Step by step guide:
- The first stage is to mark out where you want your new bed to be, we suggest using a hose to mark your desired lines. Adding curves to a garden can add a dash of creativity to an area, consider creating flowing curved beds to be filled with small bushes or trees to bring verticality to a garden.
- If your desired bed area has turf covering it you will need to remove the turf with a spade or mechanical cutter. When the layer of turf has been removed dig a 6 inch deep, 2 inch wide trench along the outline of the hose that will form the edge of your bed. Be sure to remove any rocks, weeds, roots or existing turf that are in the way.
- Level the bottom of the trench with sand to cover over any depressions and make sure that the border wall will be stable and uniform.
- Place edging material in the trench to create the border. There are lots of options on what to use for edging material form terra cotta pots, garden wall blocks, stone, bricks, and plastic edging to iron borders. Iron borders are the easiest to install and don’t require any trench digging beforehand, simply pressing the prongs into the ground will stop lawn growth.
- Fill any gaps in your border with soil to make sure the border is compact and sturdy.
- Add a layer of our topsoil to your newly created bed to support healthy plant growth. Choose which plants you wish to grow and place them in their new positions to check for spacing…..now it’s time to plant! A good idea is to soak the root balls of your plants before planting and backfilling.
- A great way to finish your new raised bed and keep it low maintenance is to add a 2 inch layer of mulch to your borders. This will limit the growth of weeds and help your soil conserve moisture during prolonged dry periods. Don’t forget to water your new plants, mulch can absorb some of the water so ensure you use extra water over dry mulch.
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Beds & Border Topsoil - An all-round quality mix that supports most plant growth from trees and shrubs to flowers and fruits. Designed for borders and flower beds, a blend of our finest quality Kettering Loam and our high quality Organic Green Compost (soil improver) then screened to 10mm, making it very light and friable. Used by many landscapers and organic growers this product has increased nutrient and organic contents over the standard screened topsoil. An excellent product that will prove its worth in flower borders or vegetable growing areas.
Topsoil Screened - Our general purpose topsoil designed to be used in all areas of the garden, for going under turf to borders and anything in-between. A quality screened Kettering Loam, regarded by the professional horticulturalist to have some of the finest growing properties. This is graded by passing soil over our modern screening equipment which removes all large stones and other unwanted material.
Organic Blened Topsoil - Designed for borders and flower beds, a blend of our finest quality Kettering Loam and Organic Green Compost then screened to 10mm. Used by many Landscapers and Organic Growers this product has increased nutrient and organic contents over the standard screened topsoil. An excellent product that will prove its worth in flower borders or vegetable growing areas.