Now that’s it warming up, it’s time to plant those flower beds! We’ll look at how to upkeep previously planted areas and restore them for the season, as well as creating a flower bed area around your mobile home. Grab the kiddos, family, or a friend and get to work! I got some of these great ideas from a home improvement site, check out more from them.
If you already have landscaping follow these upkeep tips:
Pick up. Before you dig in pick up the area and your yard. Clear any trash, sticks, and leaves that are sitting around. Basically, move anything that will keep grass from growing.
Clear the way for perennials. If you planted perennials, aka flowers that come back year after year, then you’ll want to make sure they have room to thrive. Depending on your yard, this could mean a lot of things. It may be clearing out weeds, pushing back ivy, or spraying something safe for the environment to ward off pests. Your flower beds may also need to be re-covered with fabric or more mulch.
Consider composting. Composts are a great option to reduce waste, save money, and have rich soil every year for your yard.
Now, for those of you who want to get started with flower beds, I’ll help you get started with some basics.
Landscaping for your mobile home:
Plan your flower beds. Observe the area you want your beds to be.
- Will it be partial or full sunlight?
- Will it receive little or a lot of rain?
This will help you choose plants that will best fit your area. You can research before you go to the store, or just take some time at the store looking through options – you also may be well versed in this already. It’s also important to outline the area before you begin work – either with string, or cutting it out with a shovel, or you could even use spray paint.
Break ground/ Kill grass. Depending on the area, you’ll need to try one of these various techniques:
- Removing it by hand, using tools like a tiller
- Solarization – covering the area you’ll plant your beds with plastic and tucking it in at the edges for the sun to scorch the grass away
- Raised beds – make a wood or like material box to place on the area and steak the corners in the ground
- Spray with something safe
- Smothering – cover with anything, newspaper, materials, ect.
Lay landscaping fabric. Once you’ve cleared the area, you can lay soil, but the best practice is to lay landscaping fabric first. There are options. Some people use mulch or plastic – it’s up to you and what’s best for the layout of your land.
Plant! Now that the ground is flat and covered, you’re ready to plant! This is where you’ll need to measure how much soil you’ll need and how deep the plants need to be beneath the soil. After planting you can cover in wood chips, or something of the like to protect the beds from weeds. Remember to water your new items, especially if they are seedlings.
Lay edging. Lastly, it’s a good idea to lay edging if there’s not a pathway or something that outlines your flower bed. You could use rocks, brick, wood, stone you name it! Get creative and finish your flower bed off in style.
I hope this helps you get started in making your exterior even more beautiful! Feel free to break up this project into days so it’s not overwhelming! Looking to do more projects outside? I’ve got something you’ll want to read.