Creating a flowerbed in your lawn is one of the simplest ways to add beauty and value to your home. Not only does it enhance the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space, but it also provides a habitat for beneficial insects and helps to improve the local ecosystem. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or a novice looking to dip your toes into the world of gardening, there are several methods you can employ to create a stunning flowerbed. In this blog post, we’ll explore three effective ways to make a flowerbed in your lawn.

1. The Traditional Dig Method

Step-by-Step Guide:

a. Planning: The first step is to decide on the location and shape of your flowerbed. Use a garden hose or string to outline the area. Consider factors like sunlight exposure and the existing landscape design when choosing your spot.

b. Removing the Grass: Once you’ve outlined your flowerbed, use a spade or a sod cutter to remove the grass within the marked area. Be sure to dig deep enough to remove the roots, preventing grass from growing back into the flowerbed.

c. Soil Preparation: After removing the grass, it’s essential to prepare the soil. This involves loosening the soil to about 12-15 inches deep and adding organic matter like compost or manure to enrich it. Good soil preparation is key to healthy plant growth.

d. Planting: With the soil prepared, you can now plant your chosen flowers. Arrange the plants while they are still in their pots to get a sense of how the final flowerbed will look. Once satisfied with the arrangement, plant them according to their specific needs regarding depth and spacing.

e. Mulching: Finally, apply a layer of mulch around the plants. Mulch helps to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and keep the soil temperature stable.

2. The No-Dig, Layering Method (Lasagna Gardening)

Step-by-Step Guide:

a. Planning: Just like with the traditional method, start by deciding on the location and shape of your flowerbed.

b. Smothering the Grass: Instead of removing the grass, you'll smother it. Lay down several layers of newspapers or cardboard over the grass, and thoroughly wet them. This layer will block sunlight, effectively killing the grass underneath.

c. Building Layers: On top of the newspaper/cardboard, add layers of organic materials. Start with a thin layer of compost, then alternate between green materials (such as vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, grass clippings) and brown materials (such as dried leaves, straw, or shredded paper). Aim for a total height of at least 6 inches.

d. Waiting: The layers need time to decompose and turn into rich, plantable soil. This method is best started in the fall for planting in the spring.

e. Planting: Once the layers have decomposed, you can plant your flowers directly into the rich, fluffy soil created by the decomposed organic material.

3. Using Raised Beds

Step-by-Step Guide:

a. Constructing the Bed: Build a frame for your raised bed using wood, bricks, or any other suitable material. The frame should be at least 6-12 inches high. Place it in your chosen location.

b. Filling the Bed: Fill the raised bed with a mix of topsoil, compost, and other organic matter. This creates a rich, loose soil environment that’s ideal for plant roots.

c. Planting: Plant your flowers in the raised bed, arranging them to create a visually appealing design.

d. Watering and Maintenance: Raised beds may dry out more quickly than ground-level beds, so be sure to water your plants regularly and check the soil moisture levels.


Creating a flowerbed in your lawn can be a rewarding project that enhances your garden's beauty and biodiversity. Whether you prefer the traditional dig method, the no-dig layering approach, or the convenience of raised beds, each method has its unique benefits. Choose the one that best suits your gardening style, time availability, and physical effort you’re willing to invest. Happy gardening!