Are you planning a flowerbed in your landscape? There’s no denying the fact that a flowerbed is a brilliant addition to a home’s landscape. It introduces new colors and plant life while also defining the perimeter around your home. However, there are a few things you need to consider when preparing a flowerbed.
First and foremost, consider the grade of the land on which you want to prepare the flowerbed. If it’s not properly graded, water may accumulate inside the flowerbed, eroding the soil and saturating your plants, neither of which is good. The land should be slightly sloped away from the flowerbed to ensure proper runoff and drainage.
In addition to the grade, you should also consider how much sunlight the area gets. Different plants require different amounts of indirect and/or direct sunlight. If the area doesn’t receive enough sunlight for your respective plant varieties, you’ll have a hard time getting them to grow.
With that said, keep in mind that sunlight patterns vary depending on the time of year. So, try to observe how the sunlight hits the flowerbed in the season during which you want to plant it.
#3) Soil Composition
Of course, you’ll also need to consider the soil composition when planning a flowerbed. If the soil is too compact, water, oxygen and nutrients won’t be able to reach the plants’ roots; thus, they’ll remain small and seemingly stuck in a stagnant state of growth. You can prevent this from happening by tilling the soil before placing the plants.
#4) Are Pests a Problem?
When planning a flowerbed, consider whether or not pests will be a problem. Whether they are gophers, rabbits, deer, etc., pests can destroy an otherwise perfect flowerbed. Normally, however, pests prefer vegetables and not traditional flowers. Nonetheless, you should still survey the landscape for signs of pests, and if you find any, take the necessary precautions to keep them out of your flowerbed.
Finally, consider the amount of space that’s available in your flowerbed. Different flowers require different amounts of space. If you plant them too closely together, it will restrict their nutritional intake; thus, causing slow growth.
But if you plant them too far apart, your flowerbed will have an empty void. This is why it’s important to measure your flowerbed beforehand to determine exactly how much space you have for planting.
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