You can start the no dig bed in early spring for summer planting or build a flower bed in fall as grass begins to go dormant. Simply cover the entire area of your future flower bed with several overlapping sheets of newspaper.
One effective technique is to use a standard pointed shovel to cut out the sod in chunks about 4 inches deep x 10 inches wide x 10 inches long.
How to prepare a flower bed. If you have a tamper use it to compact the soil a bit. This way you won t have to worry about the grass or weeds or soil spreading out. Add about 6 inches 15 cm of compost or rich soil on top with another layer of organic mulch like straw on top of this.
You will need a combination of loam sand and clay. Assess the soil that you have to work with. Your flower bed should look something like this before moving to the next step.
Soil with too much clay will not crumble and a soil with too much sand will not squeeze into a ball. After making the bed add some good soil and compost to make your flower bed ready for planting. Holes are dug the planting begins.
In the raised flower bed add newspapers or cardboard on top of the grass and cover it with soil. Easy no dig flower bed. Using the bow rake spread the dirt in the flower bed so that it s smooth and level.
I believe in enriching the soil with composts only but when it comes to annuals i use fertilizer too. Turn soil over to a depth of eight inches with a garden spade fork or roto tiller breaking up heavy clods. Spread two or three inches of organic matter well rotted manure leaf mold composted leaves or compost over the bed.
Make a flower bed without digging. If you are creating a flower bed from scratch in an area currently covered with grass you must first remove the sod. You could also use the back of the shovel or your feet to compact the soil.
The blend we use is 2 parts rose flower food 1 part alfalfa meal 1 part composted chicken manure all organic of course. Fill the area with cardboard or several layers of newspaper and saturate with water. Removing grass without digging is the lengthy but easy method.
Layer the paper at least six pages deep then cover the newspaper with several inches of rich soil or compost. We use a tablespoon or 2 per plant depending on the root size. You should be able to squeeze your soil into a ball and then crumble it easily.