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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