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A couple weeks ago I shared a nightmare flower bed project that we were about to start working on. Well, after a couple hours of raking, removing debris left over from winter and cutting out the old weed block, we have a somewhat decent looking flower bed! Can I just tell you, thank goodness for Spectracide and their “Backyard Project Series” because this was just the motivation we needed to get our yard cleaned up!
Here is the before picture from a couple weeks ago.
As you can see, the mulch and weed block were destroyed from the winter and the bed needed to be raked out and a new edge needed to be dug.
Here is the bed now after a few hours labor.
As you can see, it’s still not very pretty and we need to re-seed the lawn from the winter months but it’s getting there!
After we raked out the beds and added the new edge, I used the Spectracide weed and grass killer to kill any remaining weeds in the bed and also within the new edge to prevent future grass from growing. As you can see, we didn’t have much grass to kill before adding the new edge but we had a small amount and by spraying the Spectracide inside the edge, you will be doing yourself a favor in the near future in preventing future weed/grass growth.
Here are the steps we followed to prepare our flower beds for new plants and mulch.
First we raked out the debris and removed the old mulch that was full of leaves and dead grass and/or weeds.
I then used the Spectracide weed and grass killer product to kill any remaining grass and/or weeds. The product comes in a variety of sizes but I chose to use the larger bottle with a sprayer. Simply remove the cover and screw in the sprayer with adjustable hose.
As you can see from the steps above, it takes about 15 seconds to add the hose and get started!
I sprayed what remaining weeds were in the beds as well as the newly created edge.
We used a straight hand edger. This is fine if you are doing one or two flower beds but I recommend renting a gas powered edger for the day if you have multiple flower beds to edge. Manual edging is hard work!
It’s still not very pretty looking but certainly better than the before.
The remaining weeds were dead the next day and the flower bed is ready for blooming colorful annuals and mulch. Our flower bed curb appeal project is coming along nicely and I can’t wait to get the mulch down. Fresh new mulch makes all the difference in the world! The Spectracide product worked like a charm!
To all of my yard warriors, whether you are after a total yard overhaul or just want to keep your yard looking its best, visit the Spectracide Facebook page for tips and savings to get started.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Spectracide. The opinions and text are all mine.
What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.