Flowerbeds are an invaluable element of your home’s curb appeal. They inject new colors into the landscape while promoting a clean and cohesive design in the process. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for grass to encroach into this space.
If you don’t take the necessary precautions, you may discover grass emerging from the soil into your flowerbeds. Not only does this lower the aesthetic value of your flowerbeds; it can jeopardize the health of your flowers, as the new grass will consume moisture and nutrients from the soil that would otherwise be used by your flowers.
But you can prevent grass from creeping into your flowerbeds by following a few simple tips.
Create Space Between Flowerbeds and Lawn
You need an adequate amount of space between your flowerbeds and your lawn.
If a flowerbed is directly adjacent to a lawn – meaning there’s no barrier separating them – grass will easily creep the flowerbed, allowing it to grow unchecked. Therefore, you should construct some type of barrier between your flowerbeds and lawn.
There are several ways to create space between your flowerbeds and lawn, one of which is to install a perimeter of brick pavers.
Perhaps an even easier solution, however, is to install an edging fence. Edging fencing is shorter and thicker than conventional fencing, preventing the intrusion of grass into your flowerbeds.
Mow Lawn Regularly and Bag Clippings
Of course, mowing your lawn on a regular basis will reduce the risk of grass creeping into your flowerbeds. Don’t just mulch the grass clippings back onto your lawn, though.
For maximum protection against creeping grass, bad and dispose of the clippings. Mulching the clippings back onto your lawn will result in a larger concentration of grass seeds, some of which could land in your flowerbeds and contribute to new grass.
Use Landscape Fabric
One of the most effective ways to prevent grass from creeping into flowerbeds is to use landscape fabric.
What is landscape fabric exactly?
Available for sale at most gardening stores and centers, it’s a type of rolled-out synthetic material that prevents the growth of unwanted grass, weeds and other plants by blocking out the sunlight.
You lay the landscape fabric over the soil in a flowerbed, after which you can cut holes in select areas where you want your flowers to grow. All other areas of your flowerbed will be covered in the fabric, so they won’t receive sunlight.
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