How To Redo A Flower Bed

A new flowerbed can transform your garden and become a wonderful focal point, but after months of cold temperatures and harsh weather, it is unlikely that your flower beds are having this kind of effect.

If you are dealing with unkempt and dying flower beds, it is possible to redo them.

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Many homeowners will redo their flower beds seasonally, with the main refresh taking place in spring when the plants are at their best, but if it has been a while since you have gotten out your green thumb, it may require some more effort.

While it may seem like a daunting task, it can be fun and easy to redo a flower bed, and we are going to show you how.

How To Prepare A Flower Bed

To transform your old, worn flowerbed into something new and worth showing off, then you need to start with a clean slate. 

This means there is a lot of preparation that goes into this task, and it cannot be rushed. You will need to remove everything that currently exists in the flower bed, including weeds, so that you can start again.

Preparing the flower bed for its new lease of life means you need to get rid of the existing dying plants and old perennials, although you can re-pot anything that is still healthy, as well as doing a good dose of weeding.

As well as removing plants and weeds from the flower bed, you also need to prep the soil.

A flower bed is used to improve soil drainage and fertility, so you need to make sure that this is what yours offers before planting anything new. Once the weeds have been removed, you can turn any organic matter (actively decomposing plant or animal matter) into the soil to improve the quality and fertility. You can also buy compost or manure for this step.

The aim of preparing the flower bed is to make sure you have a clean space to work with and a healthy environment for the new plants and flowers you are going to bring into your garden.

While the preparation can take a long time and a lot of effort, it will be worth it when you see the new flowers blooming in your backyard. 

How To Redesign Your Flower Bed

Now that you have a clean slate to work with, it is time to consider what you will be using your flower bed for.

If you are going to be putting in the work that is required for redoing your flower bed, such as the weeding and fertilizing of the ground, you might as well consider a redesign as well. 

After all, you will want to make great use of this new space in your garden and make sure it looks better this season than it did last year.

There are various ways that you can go about redesigning a flower bed, but the main aim is to ensure all plants and flowers will be healthy in this space. This means considering what you will be growing in the flower bed and where plants should be placed for optimum health before making any final decisions.

It may be a good idea for you to sketch out your flower bed and the ideas you have for it, including any change in the layout and shape of the bed as well as the plants you want to grow.

Garden Design Tips

  • Find The Best Layout

If you are building a flower bed from scratch or moving the location of any existing plants, make sure to consider the focal points of your garden. 

Focal points will be the largest parts of the garden that attract the eyes first, such as large trees, shrubbery, and even garden furniture.

Plan the placement for all of these items before deciding where the decorative flower bed should go, so it has the right effect when everything is in bloom.

  • Size Matters

If you are limited on space in the garden, then you should consider changing the shape of your flower bed.

Flower beds with curved edges will appear longer than those with straight edges, so consider making these changes before planting anything new.

With a longer flower bed, you will have an overall better design of the garden and create more space for your plants and flowers. 

  • Direct Sunlight Hours

You will need to take note of how many hours of sunlight your flower bed gets every day before deciding what plants to use and where they should go. 

The location of your flower bed is important for both the health and beauty of anything you grow inside of it, so use sunlight tracking to make sure you are doing the right thing. 

  • A Cohesive Design

It is a good idea to plant flowers in odd-numbered groups, such as in groups of three or more, as this will give a fuller and more cohesive design when they are all in bloom.

  • Avoid Allergies

When deciding what to add to your garden, you should consider whether your family members have specific allergies to plants and avoid these at all costs.

Likewise, avoid using pollen-producing plants if you want to invite people over to your garden during the warmer months. If these kinds of plants cannot be avoided completely, make sure they are placed away from the windows and doors of your home.

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