So on Sunday, I had to get started on the flower beds around the house. We decided to use landscaping timbers to build something.
This is the corner of the front porch, a big, weird space that needed something more than just sticking some flowers in the ground.
I bought some landscape timbers, they are very inexpensive at the local big box hardware store. Pressure treated (no food plants here) so they will last a good long time. First, I laid them out.
I used this edging tool to make quick work of leveling. Just putting them on the ground, chances are it's not going to be level so you have to dig out trenches and put the timbers in. It took a few times of adding and removing soil until...
...it was level! Seeing that little bubble in the middle is a great feeling. It also means no more bending and stooping so the quicker it gets to the center the better, ha.
Here it is looking from above on the porch. Lots of room now to plant stuff.
And above and below is the finished result. At first we were just going to just leave the back open since plants in the front will (eventually) block it. But the more I looked at it, the more I realized that overall it would look better (and probably BE better) to have a back tier of timbers too. More work now, but we think it looks much better that way.
|Landscape timbers flower bed|
This was phase one, we're also putting them along the front and side of the house (no angles on those, just straight lines), and then two on the front side of the veggie garden, one on each side of the gate. I actually did most of one side but ran out of timbers (had enough until I put in the back ones on this).
All that's left now is to add soil, dig some holes and plant some flowers. I figure it's best to get the hard work done first. Pouring in some bags of dirt, planting bushes, and adding mulch, that's the fun part.
Today my muscles are sore but my soul is nourished. It's a great sense of accomplishment, small as it may be.