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Drive by any home and guarantee you’ll see that nearly all of them have landscape beds. I never really thought much about how to create landscape beds when we first moved in, in 2010, thanks to the previous homeowners who must have loved gardening. Me?? I barely noticed them.
But all of that changed one summer.
It all started with my patio makeover and creating a stone walkway where I found myself itching to get outdoors, like a cat meowing by the door, begging to be let out.
I enjoyed the sun on my back, the sweat sticking to my skin, my body covered in dirt as I stood back and admired my achievements during the patio/exterior makeover!
So I wanted to share what I’ve learned about creating landscape beds and just how easy it is to design, shape, and cut out landscape beds for a patio or outdoor overhaul!
How to Create Landscape Beds
While working with RYOBI Landscapes, we created a patio makeover on a home in South Caroline.
Well, after we showed you how to use a pressure washer, the patio was super clean and ready for landscape beds.
After pressure washing….but BEFORE landscape beds
Once the landscape beds were designed and dug out, it was looked even better and almost ready for plants and flowers!
In-Between -- With Landscape Beds Created
BEFORE & AFTER
Doesn’t this patio and landscape bed area look fabulous?? It looks harder than it is! But in this post, I’m going to show you just how easy it is to create landscape beds!
Materials For Creating a Landscape Bed
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- RYOBI 40-volt Edger
- RYOBI Cultivator
- Garden spade
- half-moon edger (I think the half-moon edger would be best)
- Organic compost
- Garden hose
- Safety glasses
STEP 1: Use Your Garden Hose as a Guide!
I have to admit, this was a new tip I had never heard of: using a garden hose to define the shape of your landscape beds! I always wondered how they were so perfectly shaped! Come to find out, it was the garden hose right from your own backyard.
Start by spreading out the garden hose in the shape of the landscape beds.
It’s best to keep your landscape beds curvy. Try looking up any professionally landscaped pics of home and all of them are curved! Hard and sharp angles just look funny.
You can use something to mark along the shape, in case your garden hose moves, like chalk or spray paint (on the part of the grass that will be removed). And don’t spray paint your garden hose!
STEP 2: Grab That Shovel and Create the Edge
This is the part that will tire you out! Now that you know how you want your landscape beds to be laid out, you’ll have to grab your shovels. Oh--and grab a friend or your spouse. This really isn’t a job for one person! Trust me--I know. I’ve been working on my own home myself and it’s tough work!
Use your shovel and garden spade or half-moon edger to cut along the edge and to remove all the grass that’s later getting replaced with soil and mulch.
Remove as much as you can before moving on to the next step.
STEP 3: Make It Sharp!
Once all the grass is cleared out, this is where you’ll want to make those landscape bed edges as sharp as possible!
Using the half-moon edger may have helped make them sharp, but to sharpen them up even more, use the RYOBI 40-volt Edger. RYOBI makes a string trimmer and edge hybrid which you can use for sidewalks and driveways, which most people know, but most don’t know that they now have an edger made especially for the job, which you can use for landscape beds, too, which is pretty cool!
STEP 4: Go Organic!
My soil is like clumps of clay. Try growing something in that…..!!
Landscape beds are where your plants and flowers will call “home” so you’ve got to make it as hospitable as possible. Clay soil just isn’t gonna cut it.
So you’ve got to throw some compost on it and cultivate it so that the new plants and flowers you add in will actually thrive once they’re in the ground!
When I was cleaning up the landscape beds beside my house, I stopped by my local nursery and told them my plans for planting boxwoods in the area. The lady was like, “Oh, you need organic compost. This is best!”
Soooo…I’ll pass that info on to you, as well: go organic!
First, let me remind you what this bed area looked like on the side of my house:
Once I de-weeded, I found that the earth was hard and caked, and very clay-like.
So I used the recommended organic compost from the nursery, about 4 bags in this age, around $5.00 per bag. I’m not sure if The Home Depot sells organic compost, but if not, check your local nurseries because they’re sure to have it.
I just dumped them in the area, turned on the cultivator, and--VOILA!--the bed was ready for my boxwoods!
Anyhow, you’ll get to see later in my next post on planting and mulching how good this bed area looks after I cultivated and planted my new boxwoods! 🙂
STEP 5: Plant and Mulch!
Once the area was filled in with mulch, and the DIY stone walkway was completed, the side of my house was looking fabulous!
You don’t have to use edgers. The clean edges you add with an edge can create enough of a barrier for the mulch. It just depends on your personal preferences.
As you can see for this home, there were no edgers for the landscape beds, just the grass. Either way, it looks fabulous!
And seriously, that’s IT!
If you follow these steps, you can easily create landscape beds in an afternoon, depending on how much grass you’ve got to remove!
I know--your mouth is dropped open, too, huh?
I tell ya--it really isn’t as hard as it seems until you see step-by-step.
If the outside of your home, and your patio area, are in desperate need of a makeover, it’s pretty easy to totally transform it with just a few shovels, tools, and materials!
Watch This Project in Action!
Just go ahead and watch this short 1: 47-minute video from our Outdoor Overhaul Patio Makeover Challenge to see how easy it is to create landscape beds!
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