Raised flower beds are built to bring beauty closer to our homes. While the definition of beauty varies greatly from one person to the other, everyone finds blooming flowers beautiful. Especially when they are well maintained. It is however all too common to struggle with dried out flower beds or flowers infested with pests and insects.
Planting flowers can often be tedious and strenuous and sometimes the flowers will not blossom at all. Raised flower beds are a solution to this problem. As the name suggests, they are flower beds, raised 3-4 feet above the ground, enclosed by wood, concrete or another material. The beds are filled with high quality soil and the flowers are planted on top. This essentially separates the flower bed from the ground beneath it which in turn will give you greater control over common challenges such as weeds.
Constructing a raised flower bed.
The wood used to construct the raised flower beds can sometimes be prone to rot and wear. Higher quality wood, although more expensive, often contain oils that prevent rotting. This type of wood will therefore last longer and require less maintenance. The construction of the flower beds are however fairly simple and decaying cheap wood can easily be replaced in any case. Nonetheless it is recommended to choose a type of wood that will last for a long time in order to save yourself some extra work in the future.
Thick wood generally last longer than thin wood, even without special treatment.
Some people choose to use concrete in their construction. While this certainly looks great, it should be considered that concrete will increase the pH-level of the soil. In this case, measures should be taken to avoid complications that could arise from this.
Flower bed size
As previously mentioned, the raised flower beds should be around 3-4 feet above ground. This is however a rule of thumb and not a fixed requirement. You should consider the depth of the flower bed in relation to your flowers roots. Anything less than 6 inches is not recommended.
The width of the planks used with raised flower beds should be around 4-6 inches (10-15cm). Make sure that you can access the flower bed from all sides. This does of course vary depending on where in your garden you place it.
The length depends on the owner depending on where you are planting the flowers and for what use. It is also very important to ensure that the area of choice is getting sunlight at least 6 to 8 hours a day.
Benefits of a raised flower bed
Raised flower beds have a myriad of benefits. Here are some reasons why you should consider constructing one.
- We do not choose the type of soil in the area we live but the type of soil in a raised flower bed is your choice! You are in full control of all aspects of your gardening. From the type of soil, its quality, contents and everything else.
- The flower bed is elevated, keeping off the pathway for weeds and pests. This makes the flowers healthy and beautiful. As a result, you save the tedious work of weeding from time to time.
- The chores associated with a raised flower bed are less strenuous. Since it is elevated, you don’t have to bend over which makes it much more comfortable for people of all ages or people with backproblems.
- You don’t have to worry about you or anyone else accidentally stepping on your precious flowers.
- The improved rooting and drainage usually results in healthier and more beautiful flowers.
- A raised flower bed is easy to build and does not cost much to construct or maintain.