What is the best part of landscaping? Making Flower beds! Flowers add color and life to your garden. And landscaping is incomplete without these beautiful flowers. Flowers can help you brighten your day with beautiful colors and fragrance. Have you ever thought of making a flower bed? But you always end up ignoring the idea because you feel that it would be difficult to start from scratch? Well, don’t worry, this post is what you needed. By the end of this article, you will know How to make a flower bed in front of the house. Keep reading guys…
How to Make a Flower Bed in Front of the House
You just need a little planning, preparation, and putting your thoughts into action. Here are 5 basic steps for you to follow and get your flower bed ready without any trouble.
Step 1: Where to build a flower bed?
This is one of the most important steps in building a flower bed. For this just go out in your yard and have a look around. Find answers to these questions, note down important points and you will have a clear idea where you can make a flower bed. There is no restriction on how many flower beds you want to make.
- Which place gets enough sunlight?
Sunlight is very important for flowers to grow. They at least need 5-6 hours of sunlight. If you want it to be in a shady place or there is not enough sunlight due to cold weather, no problem. Just select the flowers which don’t require much sunlight.
- Which spot can be made eye-catchy?
Your flower beds must immediately grab yours and your guest’s attention. It will make your house and yard look more beautiful. Flower beds can help create a focal point in your yard.
- Where is the soil more suitable for flowers?
Good soil is necessary for flowers to grow properly. They must get enough nutrients from the soil to bloom. If the soil is too sandy or clayey then your plants may not get enough water.
- Do you want it attached to your front porch or the fence?
Flower beds can look pretty anywhere. But you decide where exactly you want to build it. Near the fence, alongside the path or attached to your front porch?
- Do you have a tree where you can surround the bed?
If you have decided to build only 1-2 flower beds around the house, but there is a tress in your yard, put that tree into use and make a flower bed surrounding it.
Step 2: It’s time to plan
Once you have decided the location of the flower bed, let’s move forward by planning the flowerbed. You can prepare a curved or straight bed, small or big bed. Make a sketch of the plan that you have in mind. It will give you a clear idea about how your flower bed will look. Trust me, this step is very important. Think of different designs to make your flower bed beautiful and attractive. Use the right measurements while making the sketch. This will make your future steps quite easy.
Step 3: Building Flower Bed
Now, let us start building the flower bed. You can build a flat or raised flower bed, straight or any shape bed depending on your budget and soil condition. Follow these guidelines to make a perfect bed for your flowers. Use chalk or spray paint to make the areas and make the shape of the flower bed. This will help you understand where exactly you have to dig, make a bed or remove the grass. Now, you just don’t start planting your flowers anywhere in the grass. This will harm your flowering plant and restrict their growth. So remove the grass in the area you just marked and a little space surrounding the mark. There are three ways which you can use to make your flower beds.
Method 1: Digging out grass
This is the easiest, budget-friendly and fast method for building the bed. But life is not that easy and so is gardening. You will have to put efforts in digging out the soil (5-6 inches deep) with the shovel. Then loosen the soil and remove out any waste materials and stones. Make a border to the area with bricks, stones marking the edges of the flower bed.
Method 2: No Digging
In case you don’t want to dig out the grass, then this is one of the approaches. Here instead of digging out the grass, you use layers newspapers to cover the grass and add soil and compost on it. This will bury the existing grass. Water the soil daily and eventually the grass will die and you will have a fertilized patch of soil ready for gardening. You can even use herbicides to kill the grass, but it is not safe and harms the soil to a great extent. So you will have to wait for quite a few months in both the approaches of this ‘No digging’ method.
Method 3: Raising Bed
Another method to make a flower bed is the raised bed approach. You can use wooden planks, bricks, or stones to make the raised bed. This method may require a little investment and some time to make the beds. But you won’t have to wait for months to start planting your flowers. This method is useful even when you don’t have a good soil condition or you don’t want to bend for doing the gardening. In the raised flower bed, add newspapers or cardboard on top of the grass and cover it with soil. This way you won’t have to worry about the grass or weeds or soil spreading out. After making the bed add some good soil and compost to make your flower bed ready for planting.
Step 4: Planting Flowers
Here comes the fun part. Choosing the flowers and planting them. Be creative and play with colors. Try to combine similar colors together. If you are making a flower bed attached to the house or fence, keep the tall flowering plants towards the back, sides, and corners. Plant shorter plants at the front, so all the plants are clearly visible. If you want to make an island bed or round beds in the center of the yard, plant tall flowers in the center and surround it with small plants in layers. Make patterns with the colors. Plant your favorite flowers and flowers that can be suitable for the climatic conditions in your area. Do proper research before buying the plants. Some best flowering plants for flower beds are:
- Morning glory
Step 5: Taking Care
Water your plants daily. Especially, during the initial stages, they need more water. Keep a watch on the beds and remove any unwanted weeds and grass. Take good care of your flowers. Hope, building a flower bed was easy for you. If you found my article helpful then share it with your friends and family. Start building a flower bed today itself and enjoy the blooms over time.