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Low Maintenance Flower Bed Border Info Bits

In the wake of the release of our Low Maintenance Plant List, I’d like to discuss some fun ways to think about creating a low maintenance flower bed border. I will also cover why they are worth all the effort that goes into creating them. Let’s get down to it shall we?

Low Maintenance Flower Bed Border Bumps

  • Worrisome Weeds:
    -Here we will discuss why taking care of weeds is the best place to start, as well as a few ways to get rid of them.

  • Pruning Like a Pro:
    -Pruning isn’t always fun, but check this section out for a better way to prepare your low maintenace flower bed border without too much recurring effort.

  • Edging That Endures:
    -Each low maintenance flower bed border is only as strong as the edging that holds it. Find out what you can do to make sure your edging exists for as long ass possible.

  • Recovery Done Right:
    -Now that you’re a low maintenance flower bed border boss, you’ve got a lot of rest and recovery ahead of you. Let us at White shovel Landscapes do all the heavy lifting and bring your masterpiece to life all while you relax.
  • Worrisome Weeds

    Yes, weeds are a very large obstacle and you certainly want to get rid of them as your first step. So what can you do to make sure weeds aren’t constantly taking over your low maintenance flower bed borders. First, you should strip the top layer of your beds down about every 3 years. Flower beds develop a layer of decomposing mulch, dirt, seeds, leaves, and other debris on top of the soil over time. If this isn’t tilled into your soil, it has a tendency to grow weeds. Now don’t panic, you don’t have to get the tiller out and till your flower beds right away. You just need to take a metal rake and stir things up a bit, while adding a fresh thick layer of mulch to the top. This will be enough to prevent weeds as well as keep them at bay.
    Next you will want to lay down some sort of underlayment to help keep the weeds from growing back quite as quickly. Cloth underlayment is good, but some people use cardboard from old boxes to help prevent worrisome weeds. The idea is that by the time you will need to replace a cloth underlayment, the cardboard will have deteriorated and help add nutrients to you soil without needing to be removed. Simply till, weed, and lay down another underlayment and you will be weed free for an even longer than before. Continue this cycle for increasingly good results.

    Pruning Like A Pro

    Let’s be real, pruning isn’t always fun and easy. Especially when you have to do it several times a year to maintain a nice looking flower bed. So what can you do to prevent this? First thing to do is to make sure you’ve chosen the right plants for the right places. For example, you wouldn’t want to use a fast growing hedge shrub like a holly in front of your living room picture window. This is an example of bad placement of a good shrub that changes your low maintenance flower bed border into a headache. If this is what you have, it might be a good idea to invest in a new set of plants, or get a designer to take a look and see what can be done.

    Pruning Like A Pro
    pt. 2

    If you’re the kind of person to do it yourself, then it’s time to break out the right tool for the job. Loppers are usually for lopping a tree branch of 1-3″ wide. Loppers are great for larger branches, but you wouldn’t want to prune a rose bush with them. Due to them being large and slightly unwieldly, they should be saved for the thickest of branches. Here’s a guide on lopping trees.

    Next is to prune the plants in a more natural manner. To do this, you need to prune at various heights. Now, don’t panic. What I’m suggesting will actually reduce your garden maintenance time. Shrubs have a tendency to grow new branches where existing ones have been cut off. Therefore if you cut all of your branches at the same height, it’s only going to take a few days or so for these plants to produce shoots which make your plants look unmanicured. This can be frustrating, and certainly won’t contribute to your low maintenance flower bed border. However, pruning your plants at various heights will produce different results. Sort of like thinning hair, this will make your shrub look like it’s growing normally while staying manicured. Pruning like this reduces your pruning time from four times a year to around two.

    Edging That Endures

    Another large obstacle to every low maintenance flower bed border is poor edging material. Flower beds need some sort of edging, this is a simple border of some kind that keeps your mulch in place and the weeds where they belong. This doesn’t mean you have to rush out to buy an expensive edging. I recommend digging a trench around your beds and filling it with mulch. This is the simplest and most effective form of edging. All you need to do is dig down about four inches and slope the soil back towards the house. Next, fill the trench with mulch. This will cause grass and weeds to view the trench as an area of bad soil, causing them to grow up instead of over. Doing this allows for easier maintenance and trimming. Be careful of edging material, or landscape fabric that promises the illusion of being maintenance free. This can create a world where you forget to perform regular maintenance. Whether you hire someone to do your maintenance, or you do it yourself, your flower beds require some sort of maintenance. How you do it and how long it takes you depends largely on how you prepare, and whether you have a good low maintenance flower bed border design.

    Recovery Done Right

    If you’re struggling to take care of your low maintenance flower bed border, contact the professionals at White Shovel Landscapes. They can take your landscape problems and make them disappear like magic. Even if you want a completely new landscape, they can help you with every step from design to post-installation maintenance.