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Are you thinking about growing a garden this year? There are several things to consider before you start planting. What plants or vegetables do you want to plant? What type of soil should you use? One thing to consider is building raised garden beds versus planting on the ground. Raised beds provide nutrient-rich soil, less back strain for gardeners, more control over weeds and pests and increased plant growth.
Instead of struggling with sandy or clay soil when planting, all you need to do is fill your raised garden beds with high quality topsoil, which is a mix of pulverized topsoil, sand and compost, and you will not have to worry about bad soil. Because the soil is in a contained area and never compacted it is able to stay loose and set deep into the beds, which will increase plant growth and decrease a gardener’s frustration while planting.
Less Back Strain:
Because the beds are raised anywhere from 1 to 4 feet off the ground a gardener does not have to bend over as far to reach the plants. You will be able to enjoy planting, tending and harvesting from your raised bed garden. This is beneficial for those with back problems and the elderly.
Increase Weed and Pest Control:
In a raised bed, you are able to plant plants closer together, which makes it more difficult for weeds to grow. Lawn grasses have a spreading root and can often become a weed in standard gardens but a raised bed blocks the way for the root to spread and start growing in your garden. Raised gardening beds serve as a protective barrier against moles, gophers, rabbits and slugs, who like to taste test or indulge in the plants you have worked so hard to plant.
A raised bed typically will warm up faster than a typical garden and as a result you can plant earlier. The light soil increases the movement of air and water, and roots can spread out in search of nutrients with great ease verses trying to spread in compacted soil.
If you are planning to build a raised garden bed, Jones Top Soil, located in Columbus Ohio, offers quality topsoil for all your gardening needs. Our SuperSoil is our special landscaping blend. It is 60% pulverized topsoil, 20% sand and 20% organic compost. Place your order today!