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How to build a raised garden bed: Step-by-step guide

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

When landscaping, we often get requests for raised garden beds since they are excellent to build a garden design around as a main feature, or are a common feature that many would like incorporating into their design for easy maintenance and efficient plant management.

We’d like to take you through what a raised garden bed actually is, why you might want one and explain the step-by-step process so that you, other landscapers and budding gardeners can build your own.

What is a raised garden bed?

A raised garden bed is generally a large planting box that offers perfect drainage, protection from pests and easy access to crops. It not only boosts vegetables above potentially waterlogged grounds, raised garden beds are easier to keep free of encroaching grass in comparison to ground level beds, whilst elevated soil warms quickly in spring and drains more easily after a rain.

Planting, thinning, weeding and harvest also become a lot easier in raised beds, helping to turn your backyard into the farm of your dreams!

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Beyond these benefits is the control—as you grow your favourite foods or plants, you feed and soak your plants with simply what they require for optimum growth, since the soil can be of the composition you need as you are not planting directly into the ground.

A raised bed is efficient for growing as well as making an attractive centrepiece for your garden when fitted as a bottomless frame set into a shallow trench. The edges can be of any durable building material, including rock, brick, concrete and interlocking blocks. Watering troughs or claw-foot tubs will also work as long as they have the capacity and drainage.

Want to grow fresh veggies and flowers but worried about the limited space? A raised garden bed is a perfect solution. Here’s a step by step guide explaining how to make one.

Step 1: Choose the right location

Before you choose the right location to build the raised garden bed, keep in mind the type of plants you want to grow and how much sun, shade and wind they will need. Choose a place that fits your plants’ needs as much as possible, or find a spot that compromises on a few needs of multiple plants to get the best results.

Step 2: Building the Garden Bed

Before building the bed, you need to check out how big you want it to be. The size of the bed should be at least 6 inches high to provide easy accessibility and gives roots plenty of space to grow. For 4-foot by 6-foot bed with 2X4 untreated lumber, mark the lengths on the wall and cut the boards accordingly.

You can even cut posts for easy installation along the walls which give additional strength to the bed. Depending on the length of your support posts, drill two to three holes in them and connect all sides with screws to form a box. The posts should be on the inside of the bed.

Step 3: Prepare your Location

Place the frame in position and mark the outline with a shovel. Putting in the bed on the ground instead of a tough surface — like concrete — permits correct root growth and drainage.
Set the frame aside to get rid of the grass. Remove the dirt to help new plants grow deeply into the bottom. Before setting the bed, staple wide-mesh to the bottom of the frame to help prevent weeds and earthworms from ruining your crops or other plants.

Depending on the material you would like to use for your border, your will need to lay foundations accordingly. Check out these guidelines on the foundations you need and more information on preparing your raised garden bed base.

Step 4: Adding Soil and Plants

Raised garden beds can lose their nutrients sooner than normal soil, so fill the bed with a mixture of compost and nutrient-rich soil (this can be sterilised garden soil or loam). Set the plants gently and fill your bed, keeping the soil loose around plants so that water can easily reach the roots.

Step5: Watering

Try to water the plants in the morning when less water evaporates in the sun.

Step 6: Raised Garden Bed Options

Consider adding a mesh cover with wooden frames and PVC pipes to keep birds and insects away.

We hope you found this guide to raised garden beds useful. Check back soon for more helpful garnering tips and hints, and if you enjoyed this article, please share it on Facebook!

This article was brought to you by Kite Landscape’s expert landscapers based in Maidenhead, Windsor, Wokingham and surrounding areas. If you need some landscape gardening for your property or business, do get in touch, or visit our landscaping page for more information.  

How to build a raised garden bed: Landscaping made simple

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Raised garden beds are coming in more and more because of their many aesthetic and practical benefits, and are super simple to install – find out more below!

What is a raised garden bed?

A raised garden bed is generally a large planting box that offers good soil drainage, protection from pests and easy access to crops. It not only boosts vegetables above potentially waterlogged grounds but also turns your backyard into the perfect environment for farming your own crops!

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3 Easy Ways To Get Your Garden Spring Ready

Monday, April 7th, 2014

As the spring gets underway, many homeowners find that their gardens have been neglected or damaged during the winter. If this situation sounds familiar, now is the time to act and take some crucial steps towards minimising any damages caused to you garden during the winter and towards getting it ready for the upcoming spring season.
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Why is Garden Maintenance So Important?

Friday, February 7th, 2014

As you would with your home, your garden requires due care and attention to ensure it remains looking its best all year round, however sometimes this is easier said than done with a busy lifestyle to contend with and a lack of time to get the essential tasks done. Fortunately that’s where we at Kite Landscapes come in as we can complete those all important garden maintenance tasks on your behalf, at the same as ensuring all work is completed to the very highest standards. (more…)

Essential Garden Maintenance Tips For Winter

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

As the winter season approaches, you are probably thinking of how to make your cherished garden ready for the coldest months of the year. To help you out, we here at Kite Landscapes are happy to provide you with some smart tips that you can use to maintain your garden for winter. (more…)

How to Prepare Your Lawn for the Cooler Weather

Friday, August 30th, 2013

As the summer comes to an end and the temperatures change, one of the things that you should be focussing on is making sure that your lawn is ready to face the cooler weather. Whilst this may sound like a lot of work, all you need to do is follow a few tips that will save time and money later in the year. Here are some useful ideas to help you prepare your lawn for the winter. (more…)

How Gardens Have Changed Through Time

Monday, May 27th, 2013

People, especially in the UK, have always loved their gardens. Gardens are your individual patch of land, a part of the Earth that belongs to you. Throughout generations gardens have been used to express people’s tastes in the serene, they’re the spaces people use to relax from the stress of daily life and to get back to nature. Trends in gardens change as frequently as trends in interior design but one thing never changes, from functionality to entertainment, gardens have always been an important part of the home. (more…)

Top Garden Design Trends of 2013

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Your Garden is an extension of your home, like an extra room with a touch more sun (and rain), so it is essential to treat it with the care and planning you would a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. When renovating our homes we tend to look to the latest fashions and classic ideas for inspiration to create a unique design all our own, we at Kite Landscapes believe planning the look and functionality of your garden should be no different. Here are some of the hottest trends of the year that inspire us:

Functional Gardens

The word’s looking greener every day and we couldn’t be happier, the abundance of people making use of their space to grow their own food is not only good for the planet but good for your pockets! Growing your own fruit and veg is an art that takes practice, it can be frustrating at first, that’s why having an enticing garden is vital for keeping you keen and your fingers green.

Vintage Style

The retro look is everywhere: our living rooms, our wardrobes our hairstyles and now our gardens. Nostalgic designs bring us comfort and style and that’s why 2013 has seen a boom in Victorian/Edwardian plants and design: hydrangeas, lavender and moonflower are amongst the top varieties to be making a comeback both for their beauty and their scent.

Water Features

Nothing says relaxation like the sound of running water. Geometric shaped pools and fountains give your garden the modern edge and classic ponds and statues keep things classic. Water features entice you and local wild life from frogs and badgers to birds and foxes, and offer a beautiful and calming presence right outside your door.

Here at Kite Landscapes our goal is to bring our passion for plants and nature to your home. We are a family run business in the Berkshire/Surrey area and our skilled team of green fingered landscapers and gardeners are on hand to help you realise your garden dreams, call us now on: 01344 886 331 (Ascot) or 01276 932 303 (Chobham) or get in touch online and we’ll design your dream garden together.

Prepare Your Lawn for Spring

Friday, March 1st, 2013

After a long, hard winter, the first signs of spring are finally beginning to show. While the daffodils and crocuses tend to take care of themselves, your lawn will appreciate a little bit of extra attention at this time of year.

So it’s time to break into the shed, dust off those tools and get yourself back out into the great outdoors. Here are a few simple steps to help your lawn recover from winter and give it the best possible start to the new season.

Seed

Sprinkling a good layer of seeds over your lawn will help to fill out any bare patches and contribute to a thick coating of thick lush grass. Mix the seeds in with a layer of topsoil to give it a boost while it’s germinating and you will soon begin to see the results.

Feed

Winter is rough on your lawn, especially years like this when we have a good covering of snow. Feeding your lawn will help to replace lost nutrients which are vital at this time of year to encourage your grass in its natural growth spurt.

Mow

It’s important to mow your lawn regularly all through the warmer months, and now is the time to start. Take it easy at first with your mower blades on their highest setting, before gradually working down to the length you want to achieve.

Here at Kite Landscapes we take pride in creating beautiful gardens all year round. To find out how we can help with all your landscaping, design and maintenance needs in Wokingham, Windsor, Ascot & Chobham, contact us today!

 

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How to build a raised garden bed: Step-by-step guide

When landscaping, we often get requests for raised garden beds since they are excellent to build a garden design around as a main feature, or are a common feature that many would like incorporating into their design for easy maintenance and efficient plant management. We’d like to take you through what a raised garden bed actually is, why you […]

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