Simple Landscape Ideas: Building Raised Garden Beds

Categories: Landscape Design, Landscape Ideas | October 23, 2018

Simple landscape ideas like building raised garden beds can help add dimension and texture to any front yard landscaping or backyard landscaping. At Vandenberg’s Landscape Design, we understand how important it is to have landscaping elements that are not only beautiful but also easy to maintain. That is why we offer a wide range of landscaping services, including landscape design and construction for raised garden beds.

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

While gardeners can easily create their own raised garden beds, there are a few factors that will first need to be taken into consideration, such as:

The Type of Building Material

In most cases, raised garden beds are made out of wood materials. When selecting the best type of wood to use to create your elevated garden, consider choosing a wood that is naturally rot resistant, such as cedar or redwood. The type of building material used, as well as the weather conditions, will determine how long the structure for the raised garden bed will last.

The Overall Height of the Raised Garden Bed

While raised garden beds can be built to almost any desired height, it is important to keep in mind that the taller the bed, the more soil will be needed to fill the garden, resulting in added pressure on the structure. To determine the right height of elevated garden for your landscaping, consider the soil depth requirements for the roots of the vegetables or plants you are looking to incorporate. The soil condition beneath the bed can also help determine the height of the structure, as roots will tend to go down deeper than the newer soil in order to reach more nutrients.

The Raised Garden Bed Width and Length

Consider creating a raised garden bed that is no wider than 4′ across, as this will allow the centre of the garden to be reached from either side. Keeping the garden bed at a narrower width will also prevent people from having to step on the soil, causing it to compress. While raised garden beds can technically be any length you desire, it is important to ensure that cross supports are installed every 4′-6′ to help prevent the structure from bowing.

If you would like to learn more simple landscaping ideas or about building raised garden beds, or if you are interested in one of our landscaping services, please contact Vandenberg’s Landscape Design at 604-866-3023 or by filling out a contact form on our website. We are a Langley landscaping company that proudly serves customers all the way from Vancouver to Abbotsford.

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