Several years ago after moving into a new home, I decided I needed a few more flower beds. The problem: a well established Bermuda lawn. The thought of digging up all that grass made me think twice about the beds. So, I took to the internet and discovered this no fuss way of creating a flowerbed without a lot of back-breaking work. With some newspaper, nitrogen high compost materials, mulch and Mother Nature, you are on your way to a beautiful, no fuss flower bed.
Here are the steps.
- Determine where you want the beds.
- Cut the grass very low.
- Add several layers of newspaper; covering your desired area, watering the paper as you go.
- If you edge your bed with stones, place the stones directly on the wet newspaper.
- Add 1-3 inch layer of composted manure.
- Add 1-3 layers of wood chips or mulch.
- Re-water the area, giving it a good soaking.
All these layers help to smother the grass, and lock in moisture; allowing the grass to decompose with the other organics to make a very fertile and workable flower bed. In about 6 weeks, you are ready to plant. It’s best to do this when the weather is warm. The warmth will help break down the layers.
I also recommend the use of perennial plants when possible. These types of plants return year after year. One investment leads to years of enjoyment. Contact a local Master Gardener for their plant recommendations. Not all plants grow well everywhere. Local soil type makes a huge difference.
For more ideas visit The Making Of A Home, for great organic and earth friendly ideas on gardening.
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Sherri K is a Joint Use Coordinator, in the Major Design organization overseeing the National Joint Utilities Notification System (NJUNS), program for Oncor, working with all districts throughout the company regarding pole issues. Sherri has been a blogger since 2013.