Soil Preparation for Flower Beds

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape January 20, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF


Proper soil care will reward the gardener with years of beautiful flowers. Source: YouTube - Southwest Yard and Garden - How to Prepare a Flower Bed for Spring Part I

Good soil preparation for flower beds helps create and maintain a healthy garden and can also reduce water requirements.

Things to keep in mind include:

  • Conduct a soil test to determine existing soil texture, nutrients, and pH
  • Tilling wet soil can destroy soil structure
  • Add organic matter to improve soil drainage and texture
  • Prepare planting beds in late summer or fall to avoid wet soil
  • Weed treatment and sod removal can be done in the fall without affecting flower beds as much
  • Use appropriate plants for climate and soil type

Following these few principles can make the difference between a thriving flower garden and one that requires constant watering, fertilizing, and maintenance.


Additional Resources:


Illinois - Gardening with Annuals - Soil Preparation
Ohio - General Maintenance of Herbaceous Perennials


Annual Flowering Plants in Mississippi


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.