DIY Front Flower Bed Makeover (2024)

A step-by-step DIY tutorial to take your flower beds from drab to fab to increase curb appeal, plus all the best tools to get the job done.

Blame it on the fact that we’ve been focusing on the interior room makeovers for the last three years or the fact that I had a baby or battled PPD and sleepless nights of colic… but for whatever the list of reasons, our front yard really started to reflect its neglect in the last year.

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We’ve been chipping away on our front exterior over the years with our limewashed brick makeover, removing dead trees and overgrown brush, and perking up the front porch.

Despite all of that, our lawn has become a super weedy situation and the one big job we’ve put off until now was tackling these flower beds.

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And we were finally DONE trying to battle the weeds and scraggly bushes. Completely over it.

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I am AMAZED at how this DIY flower bed makeover turned out, but before I show the pretty “after”, there were lots of tricks and helpful tools we used along the way to make the job way easier.

Supplies Used:

  • Tape Measure
  • White spray paint
  • STIHL Yard Boss
  • STIHL BK-MM Bolo Tines Cultivator Attachment
  • STIHL FC-MM Bed Edger Attachment
  • STIHL MM Wheel Kit
  • STIHL MS 171 16 in. Gas Chainsaw
  • Landscape fabric
  • Garden staples
  • Utility knife
  • Brown rubber mulch
  • Edger stones
  • Woodcutter chaps
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protectors
  • Shrubs/flower of choice (We used boxwoods, azaleas, hydrangeas, and camellias.)
  • Garden hose

The Steps:

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1. Plan, measure, and mark.

We measured out the dimensions we wanted for each flower bed first and marked the edges with white spray paint.

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2. Demo

Robert used a chainsaw to break down any large shrubs so that we could pull out the roots more easily (and we trimmed up some tree limbs while we were at it.)

Dig up as much of the roots as possible with a shovel or they will grow back.

3. Edge.

Once everything was pulled out that we wanted removed, we used the STIHL Yard Boss to prep the new edges for the flower beds we had marked previously.

It’s a multi-task gardening tool that can tackle a bunch of different landscaping jobs using a wide range of attachments. Robert totally geeked out about this thing. Haha!

For edging the beds, we used the STIHL FC-MM Bed Edger Attachment and STIHL MM Wheel Kit. (Remember to always wear the personal protective equipment required in the instruction manual.)

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Running the blade along the spray painted line took out all of the guess work.

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4. Till the soil.

To help break up all of the hardened soil in the flower beds, we swapped out the STIHL Yard Boss attachment to the Bolo Tines Cultivator Attachment.

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By the way, if you ever want to get out any pent-up stress, go till a garden. I swear by it now.

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5. Lay landscape fabric.

Once all of the gardens were tilled and remaining weeds/roots were gone, we rolled out landscape fabric and secured it with garden staples. Doing this step helps prevent weeds and keeps soil from mixing in with mulch.

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6. Plant

Using a utility knife, we cut out the fabric where we wanted to place our new shrubs and dug holes deep enough for the roots of our new plants.

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Before you purchase plants, do plenty of research about each one and consider how much sun/drainage your yard gets on average.

We chose:

  • Limelight Hydrangea
  • Original Hydrangea
  • Baby Light Hydrangea
  • Baby Gem Boxwood
  • Autumn Moonlight Azalea
  • White Camellia
  • Primrose

Each shrub we chose needs about 2-3′ of space to allow for growth.

7. Soak the roots.

As soon as we planted the flower and shrubs, we gave the roots a good soak so they could begin to establish.

It’s really best to plant during the spring and fall, so we took a gamble planting in summer. We’re crossing our fingers that they survive as they get used to their new habitat.

8. Lay the edger stones.

This was the fun part when we finally got to see all of our sweaty hard work pay off! We chose to use Tremron Munich stone blocks in the color Sand Dune, and they look perfect alongside our limewashed brick!

You definitely don’t have to get super fancy with edgers though. Using edging strips will work just fine, if you prefer to keep it simple.

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9. Mulch.

We did quite a bit of research on mulch, and even though rubber mulch does cost more than regular wood mulch, it can last over twice as long and the color doesn’t fade as quickly.

We’ve battled dirt splashing up onto our white brick when it rains, so the mulch will definitely help with that problem immensely and keep the weeds even more controlled.

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As the cherry on top of everything, we replaced our faded plastic mailbox too with this gorgeous die cast white mailbox.

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Before and After

Our yard is COMPLETELY transformed!

Here’s what our yard looked like when we moved in:

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Before we perked up the flower beds:

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And now!

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We still plan to cut down two sweet gum trees eventually in this section of our yard that are starting to become a problem, but adding azaleas in this spot and perking it up with mulch has helped so much already.

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The new shrubs in front our our house are very understated right now, but by next year, they will start to fill out and will grow 3-4 feet tall as they mature.

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We might go back and add flowers too, but we’ll wait to see how the shrubs grow.

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And the little bitty Camellia tree will help hide some of the utilities on the side of our house as it grows too.

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As we get closer to fall, we’ll de-weed the lawn, aerate it, and put down grass seed and fertilizer to perk up the grass that still needs a lot of love.

The backyard will be getting some project help in the coming months too.

I can’t get over what a difference three years make!

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I’m betting four years will look even better on this pretty lady.

If you’ve ever felt intimidated to tackle a flower bed project, don’t be! I truly wish we had done ours sooner, despite a few days of hard work. It’s a project that will keep on giving for SO long.

If you want to see more of our outdoor projects, you can find them all here.

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Regarding the article you mentioned, it provides a step-by-step DIY tutorial for transforming flower beds to enhance curb appeal. It also mentions the tools and supplies used for the project. Let's go through the concepts mentioned in the article:

Flower Bed Makeover Steps:

  1. Plan, measure, and mark the dimensions of each flower bed using a tape measure and white spray paint.
  2. Demo: Use a chainsaw to break down large shrubs and trim tree limbs. Dig up the roots with a shovel.
  3. Edge: Use the STIHL Yard Boss with the FC-MM Bed Edger Attachment and MM Wheel Kit to create new edges for the flower beds.
  4. Till the soil: Use the STIHL Yard Boss with the Bolo Tines Cultivator Attachment to break up hardened soil in the flower beds.
  5. Lay landscape fabric: Roll out landscape fabric and secure it with garden staples to prevent weeds and soil from mixing with the mulch.
  6. Plant: Cut out the fabric where new shrubs will be placed. Dig holes deep enough for the roots of the new plants. Choose shrubs based on research and consider sunlight and drainage conditions.
  7. Soak the roots: After planting, give the roots a good soak to help them establish.
  8. Lay the edger stones: Use Tremron Munich stone blocks or edging strips to create a defined edge for the flower beds.
  9. Mulch: Choose rubber mulch for longer-lasting color and to prevent dirt splashing onto nearby surfaces.
  10. Additional steps: Replace faded plastic mailbox, de-weed the lawn, aerate, and apply grass seed and fertilizer.

Tools and Supplies Used:

  • Tape Measure
  • White spray paint
  • STIHL Yard Boss
  • STIHL BK-MM Bolo Tines Cultivator Attachment
  • STIHL FC-MM Bed Edger Attachment
  • STIHL MM Wheel Kit
  • STIHL MS 171 16 in. Gas Chainsaw
  • Landscape fabric
  • Garden staples
  • Utility knife
  • Brown rubber mulch
  • Edger stones
  • Woodcutter chaps
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protectors
  • Shrubs/flowers of choice (e.g., boxwoods, azaleas, hydrangeas, camellias)
  • Garden hose

The article also mentions the transformation of the yard and future plans for the backyard. It emphasizes the positive impact of the flower bed makeover on the overall appearance of the property.

Please let me know if there's anything specific you would like to know or discuss further.

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FAQs

How do you redo a flower bed in front of your house? ›

How to Clear an Overgrown Flower Bed
  1. Pull Out the Weeds. ...
  2. Clean Out Existing Plants. ...
  3. Prep the Ground. ...
  4. Add a Layer of Compost. ...
  5. Remove Yard Waste to Start Fresh With Your New Flower Bed. ...
  6. Garden Design Tips. ...
  7. Add New Soil. ...
  8. Plant and Mulch the Flower Bed.
Mar 28, 2024

How can I make my flower bed look better? ›

Steps to Renovate a Flower Bed
  1. First, Clean It Out. Overgrown, neglected flower beds can be a real mess of weeds, dead flowers, rocks, ratty mulch, and decomposing leaves. ...
  2. Add Screened Topsoil. ...
  3. Put Down Weed Barrier Fabric. ...
  4. Now, the Fun Part: Add Plants. ...
  5. Next up: Add Bark or Mulch.
Feb 18, 2020

How do I make my garden in front of my house beautiful? ›

Choose a mix of trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, annuals, and ground cover plants that will thrive in your site. Consider multi-seasonal attributes such as foliage color, flowers, berries, and bark. Create an engaging foundation planting to soften and set off your home's facade.

What does baking soda do for flower beds? ›

Prevent Fungal Disease

Give this natural remedy a try. MAKE IT: Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2-3 drops of liquid soap in 1 liter of water. Spray the solution on the infected plants. Baking soda helps the plants become less acidic and prevents fungal growth.

What is the best color for a flower bed? ›

White, black, grey, silver and shades of brown are considered neutral in any arena. In gardening, green also functions as a neutral. Neutral colors will have a tendency to tone down the other colors in a bed and can be used as a buffer between two plants that might otherwise clash.

What is the best covering for flower beds? ›

Covering the soil with a layer of mulch will minimize weed growth, reduce moisture loss and moderate soil temperature. In the winter, a layer of mulch helps protects perennials from extreme cold by insulating the root zone. In flower gardens, mulch can also have an important aesthetic role.

How do you make a homemade flower bed? ›

Turn the soil over to a depth of at least 12 inches. Add 2-3 inches of compost and turn it into the bed. Either cover the bed with a thick (3-4") layer of mulch or use a weed and feed to help keep weed seeds from germinating. Top dress with another layer of compost to keep down weeds and preserve moisture.

How deep should a front flower bed be? ›

How deep should you dig a flower bed? How deep you should dig a flower bed will ultimately depend on the types of flowers that will be planted. The minimum depth should be at least 6” as the majority of plants will need a depth of 6-12” deep. 12” is also a safe bet.

How do I make my front yard natural? ›

For fans of a more natural look, consider growing a micro prairie or a tapestry lawn in your front yard. This type of garden makes use of native plants, flowers, and grasses to help attract birds, insects, and other wildlife and help restore natural ecosystems.

How do you make a beautiful low maintenance garden? ›

12 Ideas and Tips for Creating a Low-Maintenance Garden
  1. Limit the Variety of Plants in the Garden.
  2. Use Organic Matter for Low Maintenance Garden Beds.
  3. Grow Low Maintenance Garden Plants. ...
  4. Avoid Planting Perennials That Attract Pests.
  5. Use Ground Cover in Your Garden.
  6. Avoid Plants That Need Support.

What do you call the flower bed in front of house? ›

I personally would just call it the front garden. I think though if you're looking at an official term it would be 'foundation bed' or 'foundation garden'.

Does a flower bed increase home value? ›

Improving your home's landscape from average to excellent yields an increase in home value of 10-12%, according to robust studies using actual home sales.

How wide should flower bed be in front of house? ›

The ideal size of flower bed depends largely on the landscape of your home and how many flowers you want to care for (and therefore, how much time you want to spend on maintenance). Most flowerbeds that border your home are no wider than 2 to 3 feet, while landscape garden beds can be considerably larger.

How do you remove plants from a flower bed? ›

  1. Step One: Harvest as much as possible. Before you remove your plant, take whatever you can still eat. ...
  2. Step Two: Cut at the base of the plant. I like my pair of Sneeboer pruners for plant removal. ...
  3. Step Three: Plant something new. Add a little bit of compost to the tops of your bed before sowing seeds or adding new plants.
Jul 21, 2021

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