Is your garden bed naked? Here’s how to dress up a garden bed


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Add a border.

A border is a strip of plants that are placed around the edge of a garden bed. Borders can be made from a variety of materials and planted with many different plants. The benefits to adding borders in your garden beds include:

  • They help define the boundaries of your garden bed so you can see what’s inside and outside, especially important if you’re working on a large project.
  • A border makes it easy for landscapers to see where they should put their lawnmower or sprinkler system when creating new landscapes.
  • Borders add color, texture and interest to any landscape design!

Add mulch.

Mulch is a layer of organic material that covers the soil, helping to keep it moist and preventing weed growth. Mulch also helps control soil temperature and prevents erosion.

You can use wood chips, hay or straw for mulching purposes. If you have an existing garden bed in good condition but would like to add a bit more color or texture, choose from a variety of decorative mulches available at most garden centers.

Line with rocks.

Line your garden bed with rocks. The best way to do this is to get a few bags of rocks that are the same size, color, shape and texture. The most cost-effective place to find these types of rocks are at your local hardware store or home improvement store.

The reason you want the same size rocks is so there is no bumpy feeling when you walk on them and they aren’t too big for people to step over easily. The reason you want the same color rocks is because it makes your garden bed look nice when some plants or flowers come out in different colors than others around them!

If you don’t have enough time or resources available right now then just plant some trees instead until later on down road when they grow up tall enough then cover their roots with soil so they won’t dry out too much through all four seasons (springtime through fall).

Add compost.

Adding compost to your garden bed is an excellent way to fertilize it. Compost is made up of organic matter, including plant material and animal waste, that has been broken down by microorganisms into a dark humus-like material. As the decomposition process continues, nutrients are released back into the soil. Compost can be used as an additive in garden beds or as mulch around plants (and even on top of grass). The texture and nutrient content of compost varies according to what goes into it: hardwood bark will break down more quickly than leaves or softwood bark; brown leaves will break down more quickly than green ones; straw will break down more quickly than sawdust. If you’re not ready for all those variables just yet and want something simple, go with bagged compost from the store—it should have at least three different ingredients listed on the bag (usually manure, organic materials like leaves or yard waste) so you know exactly what’s going into your soil

Add cover crops.

Cover crops are a great way to add nutrients to your soil, prevent erosion, and keep the soil from drying out. They also help prevent weeds from growing.

Cover crops are plants that are grown specifically for the purpose of improving soil quality and health by adding organic matter and nutrients, suppressing weeds, reducing erosion, and providing food for beneficial organisms like earthworms.

In this example we’ve planted rye as a cover crop because it’s an easy-to-grow grain with many benefits: It grows quickly; can be planted in late summer or early fall; provides good cover when mowed down (before starting to flower) to suppress weeds; provides food for poultry or livestock; improves soil structure; suppresses weeds until the next crop is ready

Try coffee grounds to keep your garden pests at bay.

Coffee grounds can be used as a pesticide and to repel slugs, snails, and other pests. Coffee grounds work as a fertilizer and can be used as mulch for your garden beds.

Just because you can’t see the earth doesn’t mean it’s not there!

If you think about it, the earth is the base for your garden. It’s like the wooden foundation for a house: it holds up everything else and supports you when you walk on it. If you don’t have earth in your garden bed, then it’s just kind of sitting there naked. And we don’t want our gardens to be naked!

So how do we get more earth? The easiest way is to dig out some dirt from somewhere else in your yard or garden and move it into your bare spot. If this isn’t an option for whatever reason (maybe because there isn’t any soil nearby or maybe because digging with shovels isn’t allowed by law), then try getting some compost instead!


Now that you know how to dress up a garden bed, why not give it a try? We think the results will speak for themselves. Whether you decide to border your bed with wood or rocks, cover it with mulch or compost, or line it with pebbles and coffee grounds, we’re sure your garden bed will look more attractive than ever before. Good luck!

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