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Bed Renovation Questions

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Mo Green, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    I am going to do a bed renovation for a customer next week and need a few tips from you guys. This will be my first time doing a job like this.

    Here's the scenario: At one time there were beds against the front and side of the house, but over time they have pretty much disappeared. There are only a couple of small azaleas there now, which she wants transplanted. The areas that were once beds are level with the rest of the yard.

    My plans are as follows:

    1) Mark the lines for the new bed borders

    2) Run a bed edger along these lines to sculpt the new beds

    3) Transplant the azaleas

    4) Till the new bed areas to loosen soil

    5) Add 3" of enhanced topsoil to raise beds and give a good base for new plants.

    6) Plant the new shrubs and flowers.

    7) Add 3" of mulch.

    Any tips or advice would be appreciated. :waving:
  2. sheshovel2

    sheshovel2 LawnSite Member
    from 7
    Messages: 8

    #1-remove Azaleas and heel into pots or temp holding hole.
    #2-lay out your lines with your tiller and suggest you go with curving ,flowing lines and flow the bed edge right around the corner and along the side dont seperate the two.
    #3-Add the topsoil and plenty of organic matter(compost)4 or 5'' deep
    #4-Now till it into the native soil well
    #5-rake out and grade bed away from house
    #6-plant the Azaleas and all other plant material
    #7-re-rake and smooth out
    #8-apply your mulch and keep it away from the base of the plants

    Good luck :waving:
  3. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    Thanks for the reply. I am planning on the beds having nice flowing curves, and they will be turning the corner of the house.
    The homeonwer and I have drawn up plans as to how the beds will be shaped, and where they will start and stop.
  4. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    Anyone else have any input?

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