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Adding a Flowerbed to Your Yard: DIY or Hire a Contractor?

Adding a Flowerbed to Your Yard: DIY or Hire a Contractor?

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July 19, 2010

Perhaps you are thinking about adding a flowerbed to your front, back, or side yard. Between your daydreams of beautiful roses and fluffy hydrangeas, it's important to spend time considering the complexities of the project based on your yard layout and how you want the flowerbed to look.

A landscaping project like this can be a fairly simple do-it-yourself undertaking, or in some cases better left to an experienced contractor. Knowing the difference during the planning stages is the key to your success in creating lovely flowerbed.

DIY: Flowerbed Preparation

If, after sketching out your plans, you decide to take on the project yourself, the first step is to prepare the area for the flowerbed. You can use spray paint or flour to outline the edges, and see how much grass must be subdued or removed within the area.

You can smother the grass with layers of wet cardboard or newspaper. After the grass is dead, you can either remove it and prepare the soil for planting, or create a raised flowerbed by spreading liberal amounts of compost or rich soil over it, planting your desired flowers, and then adding straw or mulch. In either case, a brick or stone border offers a lovely finishing touch that helps define the area and keep the bed contents contained.

When to Hire a Contractor

If your flowerbed visions include a landscaping plot that extends around your home, it may be time to hire a contractor. Creating a flowerbed on uneven terrain or in an area where you must dig deeply into the ground also may warrant the help of a professional landscaper.

Contractors can work with you to determine the exact look of your flowerbed. They help you choose flowers agreeable with the local climate, and efficiently complete the labor-intensive process of setting paver stones, digging up grass, properly planting your selections, and achieving a pleasant finished look.

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