If you’ve been following this blog, you should know that our house is always a work in progress. Although it has pretty much everything we need and want, there are a few areas that we would not mind changing or remodeling. We’ve been trying to take it easy though, so we’ve been focusing on the areas that require less work. In other words, those we think that just need some minor improvements or some love.
This is part of the reason why, most of our last posts, have been about home decor.
One of the areas that we always thought needed some love was our front lawn. Although we replaced three ugly bushes with Alberta Spruces and planted an Ash tree on the left side of the garage when we worked in our backyard, it still needed some work.
The grass area looked way too plain. Not just ours though, the whole street looks the same way.
To change this a bit, after considering different options, we decided to add a flower bed.
Before we started, we made sure we had all the tools and materials we needed to create the flower bed. We didn’t need a lot, though. The list includes:
- Marking spray paint (we didn’t have any so we just used regular spray paint)
- Manual edger, shovels, and rakes
- Wheelbarrow (optional)
- Landscape fabric
- Landscape edging and pins
- Flower seeds or plants
HOW WE MADE A FLOWER BED IN FRONT OF OUR HOUSE
Once we had gathered all the tools, materials and decided where we wanted the flower bed, we went ahead and used the spray paint to outline the area.
Then we used an edger, our shovels, and rakes to remove the sod. For some reason, even though the grass had been in place for over a year, it didn’t have a good root system. It was not difficult to remove, at all.
A few minutes later, we were ready to install some edging, landscape fabric and rocks. Then we planted a bunch of flower seeds and covered the whole flower bed with mulch.
At that point, the flower bed looked like this:
Weeks later, what we thought were our flower plants growing, looked more than weeds than anything else. We lost our patience, pulled them out and went ahead and planted some flower plants! Yes, we kind of cheated, but we wanted our flower bed to have flowers before we get our first snow sometime within the next few weeks!
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