Raised plant beds offer many benefits for landscapes in Lancaster, PA. Not only do they look nice, but they make planting and maintaining the herbs, vegetables, and flowers your clients love so much easier. Here are some tips from our garden supply store for consideration when building raised plant beds.
Why Raised Beds?
Raised beds simply look cleaner in the landscape and can bring ordered beauty for each season. The pathways among the beds can be gravel or pine needles or mulch, all of which add a finished appearance. Another plus for raised beds is the fact that soil can be amended with matter to encourage strong roots and to make it drain better—you want to prevent root rot that occurs when plants sit in standing water. In addition, it is easier to keep weeds and unwanted critters out of the raised beds, and makes weeding much quicker. Last, tell your clients that their backs will thank them! The typical back and knee pain that follows serious weeding and watering can be reduced or even eliminated with raised plant beds.
Natural Stone Raised Beds
If your client loves the idea of no two beds looking exactly alike, then natural stone may be for them. With the option to handpick the stones for a project, natural stone creates a timeless look with unmatched long-lasting beauty. Put together like puzzle pieces, each stone has a unique color and shape to bring something special to a raised bed landscape. Whether stacked stones, large boulder-like stones, or rounded river rock, Watson Supply has a wide selection of natural stone.
Uniform Paving Stones for Raised Beds
Some clients prefer the look of uniformity in a stone project—paving stones can bring that aesthetic to a landscape. The appeal of paving stones for a raised bed is that they can be mixed and matched to design something unique for the client. The variety of colors and shapes, along with the durability, make these a wonderful choice for a raised bed project. Suggest to your client that including a band of contrasting stones or decorative tiles can be quite eye-catching. Finally, choosing a color similar to the exterior colors of the home can tie in the raised beds with the rest of the architecture.
Stone Veneer Raised Beds
If cost will be a hindrance to a raised planting bed project, then point your clients toward stone veneer, which is less costly than natural stone or paving stones. While the actual beds will need to be built, the addition of stone veneer on the outside can give the look of real stone but at a substantially reduced cost. Because stone veneer comes in panels, it is relatively easy to apply to achieve a true stone appearance. Like paving stones, stone veneer offers many choices for stone size and coloration and can be customized to a client’s liking.
With products from the most trusted brands in the landscape industry, Watson Supply has an extensive supply of hardscape and landscape materials for all project needs. Dedicated experts can advise you and your clients in all aspects of the design and material selection for building outstanding raised planting beds.