The Benefits of Raised Flower Garden Beds

image1Flower gardens add color and distinction to your yard. They attract butterflies and ladybugs that eat unwanted insects, and they clean the air that you breathe. If you have a bad back or knees it can be difficult to get down on the ground to plant or maintain your flower beds though. One solution is through using raised flower beds. Raised flower beds are both convenient, and attractive when done correctly.

Health Benefits

Raised flower beds are much easier to maintain and enjoy, because you are not crawling around on your hands and knees to pull weeds and irrigate dry soil. Because you are not adding strain to your back and knees maintaining your flower garden you are better able to enjoy the sight and fragrances of your garden. A lot of people also find gardening is a great way to relieve stress by getting back in touch with the soil as our previous ancestors did.

image2Fewer Weeds

Because you are providing your own soil when you build your elevated garden bed, you will have fewer weeds to pull on a regular basis. To make the most of this benefit you will want to put a thick layer of quality weed barrier cloth down before installing your framework and adding soil. For the most effective weed barrier it is recommended to put down a layer of newspaper below the weed barrier cloth. Wet newspaper is near impossible for weeds to penetrate, however it does deteriorate over time, so put the added layer of cloth weed barrier over it for a longer weed free lifespan.

This doesn’t mean that you won’t have any weeds. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about those weed seeds that blow into your flower beds from the top. But, if you keep on top of those weeds as they begin to sprout up, you will find that weeds are minimal.

Better Drainageimage3

Raised flower beds or garden beds give you better control of your soils temperature and moisture, since raised beds heat the soil quicker after a cool night, and water drains more evenly and thoroughly allowing deep roots to be fed, while not leaving them sitting in excess water that can cause roots to mold or grow fungus that will kill plants and ruin your soil.

image4Raised Bed options

You have two options when installing raised flower beds, either purchase a kit or design and build your own from scratch. Raise bed kits can be found fairly cheaply and are usually quick to install so that you can have your flowers or garden planted and growing in short order.

If image5you are handy with a hammer, drill, and circular saw or long on creativity you can build your own raised flower beds from scratch in a relatively short time. Building your own can be a rewarding feeling as you are able to use your own creativity in the size and shape of your raised flower bed or garden.

Gardening doesn’t have to break the bank or your back; simply installing a few raised beds is a great way to have a beautiful garden or flower bed without hurting yourself in the process.