When it comes to landscaping, raised beds will make your yard stand out. Raised beds can be done around trees to add extra design flair. This project can be done with the help of children within a few hours. Here are the steps for creating a raised tree bed, along with ideas on different materials that you can use.
The first step is to clean around the tree based on the size you would like the bed, as well as the shape. Many people prefer circular beds, but a square shape is also an option. Remove the grass from around the tree. Break up the soil in the tree bed area with the shovel and rake. Be careful not to damage the root of the tree.
Next, you’ll need to prepare a barrier for the plants. A garden barrier such as a metal tree ring can be placed around the perimeter of the flower bed. This barrier will give growing flowers or plants a neat appearance. If the soil is prone to weeds, you may want to add in a weed barrier to the freshly tilled soil. If not, move on to adding topsoil. Lay the soil about three or four inches thick. Add a layer of protection such as wood chips or rubber mulch.
You may enlist the help of your children for the next step – planting the flowers and plants. You can get creative here by using the same flowers around the entire bed, or alternating between various kinds of flowers. You can do a mixture of flowers and plants or do just plants alone. Consult an expert at your local nursery to find out which plants and flowers grow best in your area.
Once the planting is done, it’s time to add some style to the flower bed with a border. Tiles, stones, and rocks are standard materials. Or, get creative by using items such as dried coconuts, benches, logs, wattle, concrete blocks, planks, and rebar. The possibilities are endless!
Finally, the tree bed should be watered on a regular basis to keep your flowers and plants healthy.