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Flower Beds

Flower beds that are well prepared are not only attractive, but they also promote good drainage. The proper mixture of topsoil and compost will ensure that the weeding and watering is reduced considerably. This also provides the plants with the nutrients needed for full and colorful blossoms. The beauty of flowering plants gives every garden a touch of color and natural charm.

Flowers For Every Season

It's possible to have flowers in the garden throughout the whole length of growing season. Flower beds and borders are planted with perennials and flowering annuals that bloom at different times all through the year. By carefully choosing a variety of plants your flower bed can bloom from spring through the fall season.

Steps In Preparing And Designing A Flower Bed

There are several basic steps that you can follow in preparing and designing flower beds. They will help ensure that you create a flower bed that's effective, appropriate, beautiful and last the entire growing season.

Step 1

Pick a spot for your flower bed, try to visualize various plants of different sizes and shapes. Walk around the area, and consider the need for shade and sun when planting. Draw some rough sketches of how you will want the bed laid out.

Step 2

A sketch plan for the bed you want is extremely helpful when shopping for plants. Plants that are tall must go to the back of flower beds that are close to fences of walls; if the bed can be viewed at all sides, tall plants should be placed in the middle. Plants that frequently need attention like grooming, spraying, or pruning, must be placed where they are easily reached.

Step 3

After you have carefully sketched out the plan of your flower bed, sprinkle ordinary flour to trace the borders of the potential bed. If you're not satisfied with how it appears, then the flour can easily be brushed away and start again.

Step 4

Use a small shovel or trowel to cut along the "flour lines" made.

Step 5

To control serious weed problems, mow and spray the area with a "non selective herbicide". Follow the directions of the herbicide carefully, especially when it comes to how long you have to wait before planting anything on the bed.

You may also take the "non-chemical" alternative by mowing the area and tilling it or digging it up. Allow it to set for about two or three days, letting weed seeds to germinate. Finally hoe/till the area a second time.

Step 6

Spread three to four inches of "compost" or other soil amendment. Dig/till the soil to at least eight to ten inches deep.

Step 7

Remove all debris from flower bed, rake the surface smooth then it is ready for planting.

Step 8

You can also install edging. Edging is not a "must" with flower beds but it does help keep out weeds and grass, and
provides a clean look.

Helpful Tips

Mix it up! Flower beds can be in any shape and size. The more variety you have in your yard with sizes and colors the better! Green, blossoming shrubs and bushes can add dimension to any area. Leave room for plants and shrubs to grow, add "annuals" to fill bare spots. If you have poor, clay-laden or sandy soil, a raised flower bed may be your best choice.

Good arrangements of flower beds in the garden, besides attentive

Installing Decorative Rock

We offer many sizes and colors of decorative rock to choose from for your landscape project. To customize your landscape, see our display areas to find the product best suited for you.

For high-traffic areas, driveways, and walkways, we recommend 3/4” rock, road based products. Where pedestrian traffic is not expected, and on slopes, borders, and around foundations, 2” rock is usually appropriate. For berms or steep slopes, we recommend larger cobblestone or rip rap for best results. A combination of materials, sizes and colors can provide for striking results. Weed prevention and water drainage issues should be addressed prior to installation.

Preparation of the designated area is crucial to the long-term success of the project. Water penetrates landscape fabric, draining into the soil beneath it while controlling weed growth. Landscape fabric also withstands extreme temperatures and ultraviolet rays and can be installed close to plant material.

Timely ordering of of products and materials, and having necessary supplies ready can make the actual installation very efficient. Consult our experts for advice in planning the time of delivery for your products and the delivery location.

Project Planning

Determine area to be covered

Measure area and consider depth of coverage

Select the products or type of coverage material to be used

Determine weed barrier and edging to be used

List other necessary tools (wheelbarrow, shovels, rakes, gloves, etc.)

Calculate the quantity and cost of products needed

Installation Procedures

Order products and materials to be delivered

Gather weed barrier (landscape fabric), edging product and tools

Site preparation

Clean off the designated area of any existing weeds, debris and large rocks

Install the edging so it overlaps at each joint, secure in place

Begin installing the landscaping fabric from lower areas to higher areas

Overlap fabric a minimum of 4” at joints and 3” at foundations and edging

Install fabric so higher area fabric overlaps on top of lower area fabric

Always overlap fabric so any drainage flows over joints rather than under

Installation of product

Begin installing product at the low end of the area, work toward high end

This offers a foundation to work from, walking on installed product, not fabric

When all area is covered sufficiently, rake smooth for uniformity of appearance

Wash the rock products with a garden host to clean off dirt and enhance color