Building a beautiful DIY flowerbed can be a little time-consuming, but it’s a relatively easy way to give your landscaping a stunning and long-lasting upgrade. Getting started with a new flowerbed can be a bit tricky, but if you understand the process, you’ll have it done in no time. Luckily, we’re breaking it all down step by step, Let’s take a closer look.
Before Getting Started
In states where all four seasons fully develop, springtime is an exciting time to be a gardener: it’s where the majority of your flowers will bloom, breathing new life into your space and setting the stage for the rest of the year. In Florida, mild winters make for a more subtle transition–but there are still plenty of plants that especially thrive between March and June here. These include:
Decide: do you want to dig or not?
- Digging, in-ground flower beds: good to blend your flowers seamlessly into your lawn or create a more durable landscaping design
- Raised: easier, faster, customizable, can repurpose old materials (wood, cinder blocks, pavers) to build/decorate it.
Map it out
- Find the location and measure dimensions (especially if it’s going to be raised and you’re buying supplies)
- If a raised bed: determine what supplies you’ll need to build + decorate it
Do your research
About which flowers to plant when, what is the best fertilizer to use, and how often to use it
Step One: Prep Your Space
If you’re digging up sod, this is the time to do it
If you’re doing a no-dig grass removal, step-by-step instructions
If you’re installing a raised bed, begin to build it and add the foundation for the soil (old cardboard, egg cartons, etc.)
Step Two: Add (Good) Soil and Prevent Deterioration
Understand what is good (fertilized) vs bad (un-amended) soil
Florida’s soil is notoriously nutrient deficient due to constant summer rains and high sand concentrations
Things to prevent include weed growth, soil erosion
This is less common in raised flower beds