My Unique Flower Bed Project.

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4 Weeks

I've wanted a beautiful flower since we bought the house 5 years ago. Season after season I pulled miles of the invasive vines. I raked. I Preened. I mulched. I spend hundreds of dollars on flowers only to have them choked out by weeds the very next week. This year, I vowed to build the flower bed I wanted and banish those weeds. Here's how we did it.

We started by prepping the oil.

My husband used a gas powered tiller and tilled deep into the soil on both side of the walk way. He made several passes ripping through as much of the roots and vines as possible. Next we hand raked removing the the shredded vines, rocks and debris. 

Creating the outline and killing the weeds.

We used stakes and string to create the outlines we wanted. Then we used a turf edger to trench along the string lines. We then raked again and treated the tilled beds with Preen Weed Preventer. Follow the package directions. We waited a week and then treated the beds again. 

Building our edging.

As I said, I wanted something that no one else on the block had. I got the inspiration for this on Pinterest. I used 6x6 pressure treated lumber and 4x6 to create the curve. We used a chain saw to cut them. We learned the hard way. Save yourself the time and effort and go with the chain saw! The entire right side garden is one height. We cut those at 16" lengths. The left side begins at 16" for the straight-a-way. At the curve we began cutting them longer incrementally about a half inch at a time. As you can see, we started cutting at an angle starting at the curved incline. I felt this gave it a smoother upward transition.

We positioned each piece one at a time, trenching and leveling as we went. We used a sledge hammer to tamp each piece in place as we went. We only had to bury these a few inches. We have a clay based soil so that was enough to hold them firmly in place. However, we did use cement on the curved side. This is the side we knew would act as a retaining wall of sorts and need more support.

We had fill dirt delivered in advance. We used it to brace the wood as we finished sections. We used an old 2x4 and the sledge hammer to tamp the dirt at the very base of each piece.

After I got the elevated curve just where I wanted it, we used the cement. We poured the mix along the inside and outside tench line making sure to fill the gaps. Then we filled it in with dirt.

At some point I got smart and decided to stain before we cut them. It was much easier to go back and stain the tops than it was to stain them after they were set. I used a transparent stain in Dark Walnut. Yes I Did! I stained fresh pressure treated lumber. It worked out fine.

Finishing touches

It was impossible to get completely flush against the sidewalk so I filled that in with decorative gravel. We considered using it along the entire 50 linear feet bed but decided not to.

The finished project.
We are so happy with how it turned out.

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  • Terri Allore Terri Allore on May 08, 2021

    I know I used cardboard to keep weeds and weed seeds out while I worked around the outside. So maybe that was why?

  • Debra Zuehlke Debra Zuehlke on May 09, 2021

    The one picture shows cardboard in the garden. Did you leave it in the garden? How did you plant if you did?

  • Bevvie L Bevvie L on May 09, 2021

    It looks beautiful, but I am a big fan of home makeover shows. One of the big things they always emphasize is to not have the dirt nearest the house come up higher than the foundation. It rots the sill plates and the basement leaks from the watering. It looks as if your bed is higher than the foundation and dirt is higher than your sill plates. Am I seeing it correctly?


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  • Edith Cunningham Edith Cunningham on May 17, 2021

    What a tiny garden. Mine is 1/2 an acre so I pull lots of weeds and use old carpet for weed control.

    • Debi Debi on Jun 30, 2021

      It doesn't look like a is a flower bed!

  • Dee  K Dee K on Jul 21, 2021

    It is beautiful weather or not its called a garden or flower----all in the art of the designer!!!!!!!