This 2 minute video at the bottom of this page, shows you some tips to planting up a flower bed.
If the area has perennial weeds in it, like couch grass, nettles, thistles, docks. creeping buttercup, etc then the easiest and most effective way is to spray it with a weedkiller like Roundup which is not a really nasty chemical.
If you don’t want to use any chemicals, then every bit of root will have to be picked out while you are digging.
The video covers:
- Using soil improver (our local Council tip sells it – made from the green waste we throw away) which is much more environment friendly than using peat based ones.
- Digging the bed.
- Marking out the area with canes into one metre squares and following a plan.
- Planting – remembering to separate the roots to enable them to quickly grow into the new soil.
- Covering with gravel (or ornamental bark).