4 Benefits of Growing in Raised Beds

July 6, 2020

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Gardening in raised beds comes with plenty of benefits—both for you and your garden.

#1 Better Soil, Fewer Stones, More Control

For many of us, the soil in our yards simply isn’t up to snuff for gardening. It might be full of roots and rocks that interfere with plant growth, or maybe it’s hard-packed and high in clay. Rather than doing the backbreaking labor it would take to till and prepare low-quality home turf, building a raised bed is the simpler solution.With a raised bed, you have complete control over the quality of your soil. By creating a buffer of at least 6 to 12 inches of healthy, loose, nutrient-rich soil above your pre-existing soil, your plants are able to develop healthier root systems, soak up more good nutrients, and grow big and strong!

#2 Improved Yields (and Fewer Weeds)

Some gardeners claim that they get twice the yields when growing in a raised bed (in comparison with an in-ground garden). That’s thanks in part to the rich, well-aerated soil. Less compacted soil leads to better oxygenation, better drainage, and healthier overall plants. Tight, intensive planting also reduces your weed load, as it makes it challenging for unwanted weeds to creep in. Plus, with most raised beds being about 3 to 4 feet wide, it is very easy to weed your garden from the outside. That means no accidental trampling on your precious seedlings.

#3 No More Back-Breaking

Gardening can literally be a pain if you struggle with back problems. But with a raised bed, gardens become significantly easier and more convenient to maintain. Not only is there less uncomfortable hunching required, but also less awkward kneeling. If back pain (or knee pain) has been the thing that’s stopped you from gardening in the past, a raised bed may be just the thing to get your green thumb back in the game!

#4 Backyard Beauty

Creating permanent raised beds can be the beautiful addition your yard has been missing! Most raised beds are between 1 to 3 feet high, depending on the state of your underlying soil and what types of plants you want to grow. When built mindfully and intentionally, they can become a beautiful hardscape element that uplifts your backyard environment.The materials that go into constructing your raised bed are important. We always avoid using materials like pressure treated wood and plywood, as these can leach toxins into the ground and your garden. Don’t worry, we’ll help you choose the best material to create the beautiful and eco-friendly frame that you’ll love.

While installing raised beds can take a little bit of extra effort on the front end, you’ll reap the benefits in your garden for years to come. We’re happy to help you create the garden of your dreams. Reach out to us for a consultation!


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