If your garden lacks borders, or your existing ones have descended into chaos, define some beautiful flower borders to transform your garden. Learn how to create borders in six easy steps.
Create borders which complement your garden for year-round interest and heavenly scents. Establishing these stunning floral boundaries will also encourage beneficial wildlife and attract pollinators.
Create borders in your garden in six steps:
Plan your border:
Take into account how long each spot spends in the shade when planning your border. Sun-loving plants will not thrive if they are left in the shadows, so keep this in mind when deciding where to place them.
Perfect the shape:
The shape of your border will depend on the size of your garden. Straight edges look neat but can sometimes make small gardens look even smaller. Curved edges can give the appearance of more space.
If you’d like a curved border, lay a hosepipe along the proposed edge to achieve a smooth and attractive design. If straight edges are what you’re looking for then use a stringline or measuring tape. Make sure the border width remains consistent to avoid having slanted borders.
Remove the grass:
You can remove preexisting patches of grass to make space for borders with a spade or turf cutter before tilling the soil. Take care to remove rocks, dense roots and weeds. If your soil isn’t in particularly good health, now’s a great time to reinvigorate the ground with compost. Find our top tips on making your own compost here.
It’s imperative to make clear, defined border edges with an edging knife to prevent the lawn from invading your pristine borders. You’ll need to create a trench at a suitable depth (at least 4cm deep) so that you can still mow the lawn without sifting up the soil. If you prefer, you can separate your borders by lining them with an edging material.
Plan the placement:
While it can be time-consuming to place your plants before planting, it’s an effective way to perfect the appearance of the borders. Choose complementary colours for a subtlety or bold colours and ornamental grasses for bright, contrasting border. Incorporate evergreen plants so borders have year-round interest, form and structure.
Once you’ve perfected your plant placement, remove plants from their pots and gently tease out the roots with your hands or a hand fork. They’re ready to plant!
Nourish the soil:
Water the new plants generously, then apply mulch to the moistened soil. Mulch provides soil with nutrients, retains its moisture and suppresses weed growth. Find out what kind of garden mulch is the best here.
Get the expert tips from TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh on how to improve your garden borders further here.
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