My Backyard Design Options for Raised Flower Beds

Posted by Angela Zander ~ March 26, 2009

One day, after studying the ugliness of my backyard, I decided that I was going to have to do something about it.

Normally, the average person would think about what they would want to do with their backyard, research their options, and then do it.

What did I do? I tore up my entire backyard, that day. I did not even stop to think about the details, such as: cost, labor, materials, weather, etc...

Now I am looking at a giant dirt mess. (Yes, that is my actual yard)

Blank-canvas-backyard

(Photo courtesy of Angela Zander)

Because I have never had a yard or let alone any living plant life that I was responsible for I am not sure why I thought I would be able to tackle something like this and have the know how of what to plant, when to plant, what to plant flowers in or how to build a wall for my elevated flower bed. Looking back, I see that maybe I should have started with a Chia Herb Garden. Well, what's been done is done and now I have to fix it and turn it into something beautiful.

Before I can go any farther I need to decide what type of material I am going to use to elevate my flower bed. Once that is done, I can plant the grass.

After looking into what is available to me for creating my raised flower beds, I decided that these following materials were at the top of my list on cost effectiveness, availability and level of difficulty to construct.

River Rock - This gives a very natural look that you can customize to the size and shape that you want your flower bed to have. Most companies will deliver the rock to your house for a small fee.

(Photo Courtesy of Ace Outdoor Services )

Brick - Brick has a very clean look but it will cost a little more. If you have the time and the sunshine for this, it does look very nice. I found several deals in the local newspaper and on www.craigslist.com for people trying to sell pallets of brick at a decent cost. The only down fall is that it may not be in very good condition.

(Photo courtesy of Your Garden Care )

A Stone Wall Kit (plastic rock) - This is not quite as cost effective as brick and rock but it is put together very easily and is low maintenance. This is a nice look and will stand up to the weather. However, this isn't the best idea if you want "organic" material.

(Photo courtesy of Home Improvements Catalog)

With so many options to choose from I was having a hard time deciding. I want my flower bed to look nice, a little rugged and be cost effective. After, seeing what was out there I have decided to go with river rock.

I have talked to several gardening companies and quarries and have established that it will take 4.2 tons of River Rock costing me a little over $400 dollars. To find out how many tons of rock you will need, you will multiply height by the length and then divide by 17. (For my needs that would look like 51 linear ft x 1 ft 4 in divided by 17)

Now that I have figured out what I am going to do, I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I am excited to see what the finished product will look like.

Now, if it would only it would stop raining so I could plant the grass seed!

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