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How To Build and Install Raised Beds In Your Garden

15 Apr 2018

Plan Your Patch

Garden plants need good soil, sun and water to thrive. Although the temptation for many gardeners is to remove border plantations and replace them with raised beds, this may not necessarily be the best thing to do.

This is because these areas can often lie in shade provided by the likes of surrounding trees or bushes which reduces the amount of sunlight. Another issue is if they are installed against surfaces (walls or fences etc.), then drainage may not be equal throughout the beds, leading to less favourable growing conditions and in the worst cases the potential for localised flooding. The best spots lie where the beds will be open on all sides and not under cover, to give the best possible drainage, sunlight and watering conditions.

Once you have chosen your spot, you may need to clear some space by trimming or removing trees and bushes or uplifting turf for example. Why not hire a tree pruner, chainsaw or turf cutter to help with the job? For clearing things like tree stumps, why not look at a tree stump grinder to save significant amounts of time and money? 

Building Your Beds

The beauty of raised beds is that it can act as an easy, low maintenance way of growing but they can still be tailored to your own personal tastes or garden style.

Typically made of wood due to the natural look it gives, repurposing materials for frames are also commonplace. Railway sleepers offer the benefits and looks of wood, are incredibly hard wearing and have that little bit of added character. Sheet metal and bricks can also be used for a more industrial look provided adequate drainage is factored in.

Once you know what material you’ll be using, and have planned out your space around your own individual requirements, measure out the space (marking with twine to visualise if needed) and cut the material to the desired sizes. Heavy duty screws or nails should do the trick for connecting panels together. We have a fantastic range of saws that can lend a hand. 

Fitting Your Frames

The last step is to move the pre-built beds to the area you want them sitting. It is important to clear vegetation and ground where the beds are going to ensure they sit as level as possible. Digging an inch or two down also provides a sturdy base for the beds and prevents it from moving. We hire out garden spades and other clearing equipment that can help with this.

Once the beds are in, make sure it is solid and then you can start filling up with the soil or material of your choice. One tip for more rural plots is lining the beds with chicken wire to prevent burrowing rodents from underground access.

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