Do you HAVE to level out the ground under a raised planter bed?

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I am looking to put in a raised planter bed and there is a slight angle to the ground. I am curious if it is essential to level out the ground or if it is just visually more appealing? Thanks :-)

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  • Peg Peg on Aug 22, 2017
    I would level it out because otherwise the water will run off when it rains.

  • Kim Kim on Aug 22, 2017
    It's really up to you. If you are irrigating your plants with a drip system and mulching, I think their water needs will be met on a slight grade.
    Plus you can level out the soil in the bed so that there is no slope at all!
    : )

  • You can go either way, just depends if it will bother you or not when complete. If it is ever so slight, I would not worry about it.

  • Dot17935693 Dot17935693 on Aug 22, 2017
    The base of the raised planter needs to be level. This will allow watering/rain to cover the plants evenly. You can use brick, wood or dirt under the base.

  • Jva29117101 Jva29117101 on Aug 22, 2017
    Leveling is not required depending on the type of raised bed you are considering. It the raised section is only walls, then you are fine with an unlevel surface. If the raised planter has a bottom expected to sit on the ground, you will want it close to level so the raised bed is stable, but this again depends on the size/shape of the raised bed. If it's unstable, your risk it falling over.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 22, 2017
    It is in your best interest to even out the ground before making your raised garden bed