Creating a Flower Bed

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Pfew, I am sore! I spent the weekend battling with our yard and every muscle in my body is aching. Hubby took care of The Cute all day long, giving me the chance to tackle several areas in our yard (and if I haven’t lost 35 pounds with all this work, I will be very disappointed!).

I made a new flowerbed while tackling the issue of fixing the slope from the house at the same time. Added curb appeal, it’s cleaner, neat and looks inviting.
Total cost? 24 dollars!

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When we bought the house, there were two Rhododendrons, a handful of Irises (blocking the access for the oil input), a few Daylilies, some ferns (?) and a lot of weeds, growing randomly. This is the before:

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Notice that under the Rhododendrons,
there practically isn’t any flowerbed and the whole area looks unkempt.

Another angle shot to show the old “curb appeal”.

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The Cute and her Daddy, took care of the shopping and even took several trips to get me gravel and topsoil. I dug and carried and cleaned and chopped and got dirty but I am very happy with the result.

First I pruned slightly the Rhododendrons, especially the one that was blocking the window. I use the 1/3 rule to slowly cut them lower every year until they fill again (or until I budget to remove them and plant new ones – whichever comes first). Meanwhile, that window gets a lot more light in and my husband can mow the lawn easier.

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After digging out all the unwanted plants (those Irises were pretty stubborn) and raking well, this is what I had. A clean-ish area with a clear slope (on the right of the photo) that had to be filled and leveled. You can see I have already started the process by adding gravel along the wall and under the porch.

We happen to have a very handy gravel pit (random gravel in the middle of the lawn) on the other side of the house and it provided a lot of material but we also bought pea gravel. Both are going to help with drainage.

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I filled the area with gravel and topsoil and then leveled with the rake, sloping the flower bed away from the house. This is seriously one of the two best ways to ensure a dry basement: fix the ground to slope away from your house. To my experience, every little bit of correct slope helps.

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Once I was satisfied by the much improved base, I covered the ground with newspapers (to act as weed barriers) and finished with red mulch. Notice that the mulch is not touching the siding or the walls at all. If you have a flower bed adjacent to your house and you have to have the mulch touching the walls, get cedar mulch to avoid mold and rot.

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I added the little hosta from this post under the window, for balance. The access to the oil tank is now free from any obstructions so, the refills are a breeze and the worker does not have to stomp on plants in order to do his job. I finished the area with pea gravel and I have to tell you, it looks beautiful! The gravel has beige undertones that are a perfect match for the brick red mulch.

This is the first flower bed I ever made and I can’t describe how proud I feel! Took me seven hours, gave me a lot of exercise, I made a couple of mistakes (that were easy to fix) but, the result is fantastic and I am very happy with it. 😀

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The cost included: 4 bags of pea gravel ~$15, 3 bags of red wood mulch = $6 and 2 bags of topsoil = $3. Extra soil and thicker gravel came from the backyard (free), newspapers for weed control (free – actually made money from them because of their coupon inserts), the plants I used came with the house, trimmed and transplanted from other areas =$0 and finally, hours of elbow grease =$0.

Total cost = 24 Dollars

Remember where we started?

(Don’t forget to PIN IT if you liked the result!)

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The poor Rhododendrons, look so straggly now but, they should do much better from now on since they won’t have to compete with weeds. I may still have a brown thumb but things are improving!

I hope you had a happy and productive weekend, too and if you want a flower bed, go ahead and make it. It’s easy!

 

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38 thoughts on “Creating a Flower Bed

  • May 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm
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    I’m loving this! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on tonight at 7. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls
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  • May 8, 2015 at 11:26 pm
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    Newspapers!! Gah.. I worked on ours this weekend and didn’t even think to use newspapers for the weeds. Your bed looks great though! Nice work, it’s definitely a tiresome job!

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    • May 8, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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      Thank you. 🙂
      It seems a lot of us took advantage of the great weather the last weekend and got some workout!

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  • May 8, 2015 at 10:47 pm
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    Seriously! That is so awesome, my friend! You totally are a gardening rock star! My thumb is so brown I kill bamboo… Kinda jealous at how well your curb appeal is right now. 🙂
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    • May 8, 2015 at 11:10 pm
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      Brandi, thank you, you make me smile wide now.
      You know I am a brownthumber, too!

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  • May 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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    Wow! You’ve been busy with home improvements yourself. 🙂 Great job! Placing newspaper under mulch to prevent weed growth is a new tip to me. What happens when it rains or the area gets watered?
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    • May 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm
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      Hi Carol! 🙂
      Eventually it will naturally disintegrate (and it is safe for plants, it’s even used in composting) but slowly. I think it takes 1-2 years, depending how many sheets you use (I use at least 5-6 per batch).
      They are pretty sturdy because they are covered with the mulch. The mulch protects from direct piercing (from rain or otherwise) but natural decomposition will create holes after a while. I water just as I would if I had plain mulch.

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  • May 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm
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    Such a big job friend! But you rocked it!!! It looks so fresh and spruced up! And yes…the pain!!!!! Wishing you a restful weekend full of kicking back and enjoying your new bed!!! Happy Friday! Nicole xo
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    • May 8, 2015 at 11:55 am
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      Thank you Nicole but I have a lot of yard work to do on this weekend to kick back. I am sure you won’t stay idle either, either with clients or by taking care of your beautiful yard. 🙂

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    • May 8, 2015 at 10:26 am
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      Thank you Erlene!
      Yes, the area is easily accessible now, the worker will be a happy bunny.

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    • May 7, 2015 at 6:56 pm
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      Hah, I wish it was the case. I gained instead of losing.
      At least I now have a neat flower bed and I am glad you liked it. 🙂

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  • May 6, 2015 at 9:05 pm
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    Είμαι πολύ περήφανος για εσένα. Πολύ ωραίο το έκανες . ΜΠΡΑΒΟ
    Αντε έλα και σε εμένα:)))

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    • May 6, 2015 at 10:27 pm
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      Το’χω λέμε! Αν θέλετε, να έρθω να σας φτιάξω αριστουργήματα τώρα που έμαθα. 😀

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      • May 10, 2015 at 8:24 pm
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        Σε περιμένουμε :))))

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  • May 6, 2015 at 1:06 am
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    Wow! Your hard work made a HUGE difference! I bet you now smile every time you look there. 🙂 Working in the yard is definitely hard work and is a workout. No wonder landscaping cost so much! lol

    Question – What is the oil tank for? Heating? I have never heard of this on a house.
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    • May 6, 2015 at 7:24 pm
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      For the record: not a single pound was lost. Just sayin’.
      You nailed it: I go outside and admire the bed, several times per day (and yes, I smile at it). I love it!

      Yes, it is for heating. You can have electric, gas or oil powered heating. There are no gas lines nearby and electric is way too expensive to use in this area (though we do have secondary electric heating – that I never use).

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    • May 6, 2015 at 7:19 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by Melissa and I am glad you liked the pictures. 🙂

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  • May 5, 2015 at 9:48 pm
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    Great Job, it turned out really nice. Definitely worth the hard work 🙂

    Have a great rest of the week!

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    • May 6, 2015 at 7:16 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by Ladies, hehe “curb appeal plus”. 😀

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    • May 6, 2015 at 7:15 pm
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      Thanks Ashley! It does stand out and I think it is a welcome pop of color because otherwise the house is very subdued chromatically.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 7:06 pm
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    Your hard work made a real difference in the way your lawn looks now. The hostas will look even better next year.

    Judith

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    • May 6, 2015 at 6:01 pm
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      Hi Judith, thanks for visiting!
      We had an unusually dry spring this year and all vegetation has delayed growth (excluding the dandelions). With the right condition the Hosta might start looking great in just a month even!

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    • May 5, 2015 at 11:43 am
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      Thank you for stopping by Jenn and glad you like the improvement. 🙂

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  • May 4, 2015 at 9:12 pm
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    Wow! That made a big change – it looks great! Working in the yard is rewarding. Great exercise and the results are easy to see! I love hosta plants. We have a shady corner in our back yard and it’s filled with a variety of them and they look gorgeous!

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    • May 4, 2015 at 11:20 pm
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      Glad you like it Kris. 🙂
      Hostas are fantastic for shady areas and once you have one, you don’t need to buy again. Very frugal plant but, with great visual impact.
      You should post pictures of your hostas!

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    • May 4, 2015 at 11:15 pm
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      I am so glad you like it Christine.
      It did make a lot of difference and it’s especially pretty up close.

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