Landscaping is an important part of your home's curb appeal and value, but most homeowners do not know where to start improving their yards. Creating one or more flower beds in your front, back, and side yards is a great way to incorporate style and color, but the process can be overwhelming for some people. With this guide, you can create an easy-to-maintain flower bed that will add style, color, and function to your landscape design.
One of the easiest ways to add a flower bed to your yard this spring is to build a separate area of your yard using brick or stone pavers. A retaining wall, created from either bricks or stone, installed in a semi-circle shape against your home's exterior, fence, or outdoor living area and filled with colorful flowers will add enormous appeal to your landscape.
Make sure to dig out a few inches of grass and dirt to create a solid base for your retaining wall. If the ground is not level, add filler such as compacted dirt or gravel. Lay down a sheet of weed prevention paper or plastic across the entire location. Once you have a good base, you can begin placing the first level of brick or stone. Use stackable bricks or stones for walls that will be no more than 3 or 4 feet high. Continue stacking your bricks or stones, making sure they are level as you go.
Once the wall is complete, fill the interior space with dirt and soil.
When you are choosing plants for your flower bed, consider installing perennials first. Perennials will come back to life, blooming properly, each year. This reduces the amount of time and money needed to plant new flowers each year. Here are a few easy-to-maintain perennials to consider for your flower bed:
Also, incorporate a few common herbs into your flower bed. Oregano, rosemary, chives, thyme, and even lavender are attractive plants that can also be used for cooking and medicinal purposes.
Since you installed weed prevention paper under the flower bed, you may not see any weeds in your flower bed. However, inspect the interior and remove any weeds that may take over your flowers and herbs.
If you notice any holes or tears in your flowers, you may have a pest problem. Consider spraying the flower bed with a traditional pesticide.
Add new mulch to your flower bed each year, as well. This new mulch will enhance your flowers and plants while helping to trap in moisture.
A retaining wall flower bed is an easy way to add style, color, and function to your landscape design. With these tips, you can build, plant, and maintain your new flower bed this spring. Contact a company like Boehm Landscape Inc to get started.
When I was young, I loved helping my mother in the garden. Our yard was filled with plants and flowers that she kept in immaculate condition. Once I was an adult and bought my first home, I learned that there was much more to landscaping a yard than I ever imagined! After a little trial and error planting a few flowers in my yard that died quickly, I realized the technology that is available to aspiring gardeners makes trial and error a thing of the past. After I found out what my "hardiness zone" was, I realized I was planting flowers made for much cooler climates, and I played around with software that let me design my yard very easily! I learned a lot throughout the experience, so I thought I would share my tips with everyone who needs them. Come back often to check out my new tips!