Dreaming of a new flower bed but don't feel liking removing all that grass? Here's an easy and fast way to create a new bed without using chemicals.
Easy Way to Add a Garden Bed
We wanted to add a garden bed to the edge of our yard.
Begin by laying out the shape of the bed using a hose. With the hose's flexibility, you can create a bed that is any shape.
Using an edging tool (a shovel with a flat edge), cut a "v" trench on either side of the hose.
Remove the sod that was cut.
Lay newspaper on top of the grass in the new bed. Use at least 3 layers of paper, overlapping as you go. You don't want any grass to show.
Work in rows, laying down paper then spraying the paper with water. This will help to hold the paper in place to form a cover over the grass.
Remember to lay newspaper into the trench that was cut, covering the edge of the new bed.
Add mulch over the top of the newspaper. The mulch should be at least 3" thick.
With the combination of the newspaper and the mulch, the grass will be smothered within a year.
We planted a tree in the middle of the bed before mulching.
Allow at least a year before planting any flowers. This will give the newspaper and mulch enough time to smother the grass. Once you are ready to plant flowers, carefully move the mulch to the side and dig a hole through the paper and the dead grass.