Flower Gardens | 4 Vital Landscaping Steps To Building a Flowerbed

While planting a flowerbed requires considerable forethought and preparation, it's actually quite easy to build a flowerbed. You have the freedom to plant the flowerbed in your garden any way you like – straight, curved, big or small. A little bit of smart work coupled with vital landscaping supplies like shovels, hand trowels, rakes, spading forks and fertilisers will transform your backyard with beautiful blooms – and you don't even need to be an expert landscaper. Flowerbeds are versatile, so you can even change them over time. Equip yourself with the right landscaping supplies and learn how to build a flowerbed with these simple steps.

Choose Your Flowers

Choose the flowers based on the varieties that do well in your local conditions. You may want to choose annuals that last for a year, or perennials that bloom for many years – or you can choose a combination of the two to add more variety to your garden flowerbed. Daffodils, marigolds, poppies and impatiens are the easiest flowers to care for. Roses and gardenias require high fertiliser maintenance – but these heavy feeders also reward you with gorgeous blooms and plentiful green growth. The form and hues of kangaroo paws make these native Australian plants a wonderful addition to home flowerbeds.

Plan the Flowerbed                                

Plan the flowerbed carefully – place flowers based on their colours and design to create a harmonious flowerbed. Plan to place smaller flowers in front of the larger ones, so that every flower in your garden is given the chance to blossom and stand out. Flowers that require sunlight should be placed in areas with good sunlight, while flowers that need shade should be placed away from sunlight. Use spray paint or a hose to mark the flowerbed shape.

Dig Out Grass

Prepare the flowerbed by digging out weeds and grass with landscaping supplies like a shovel or a spading fork. Dig at least a few inches into the perimeter of the flowerbed. Clear away rocks and debris with a rake and loosen the soil with a shovel or hand trowel in an organic way. Use a hoe to add nutrients and fertiliser to the soil. Remember to press it into the ground, so that it mixes with the soil well. Look for specialised flower fertilisers from your local nursery that contain appropriate quantities of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous to aid healthier flower growth. Rake the soil after fertiliser application to a smooth area.

Plant Flowers

Plant your flower bulbs based on the instructions for each type of flower you choose and water the area. You may also want to add a protective layer of organic mulch that contains compost, tree barks, shredded paper and sawdust to facilitate healthier flower growth. Organic mulch enriches the soil during decomposition. Add the mulch when the flowers grow to a few inches in height, but take care not to choke your flowers with excessive mulch – leave adequate space around every flower. Use landscaping supplies like a trowel or shovel to even out the mulch. Water the area regularly.

Plan your flowerbed carefully by following these vital steps for a spectacular showoff-worthy flower garden. You can get the supplies you need for this project from a retailer like Aussie Rockmen