Forum home Tools and techniques

Advice On Digging Out Old Flower Bed.

I have started a bit of a long term project in an overgrown communal garden. Phase one was to get the overgrown grass down to a manageable size the 20m x 17m grass lawn which i have done,

Next phase - I have old flower borders surrounding the grass which currently has 2/3 foot high grass growing there. I have made a start by physically pulling the long grass out by hand, digging it over with a fork and then removing old roots and debris by hand.

Am i going about digging out the flower beds correctly, is there anything else i should be doing.

Long term i intend trying fruit bushes (Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry) in one of the borders with veg in the others.

Any advice for a new gardener would be helpful.


  • CeresCeres Posts: 1,823

    Sounds as though you are doing everything right. You will probably want to dig in some compost or well rotted manure once you have eradicated the grass because your new plants will need the food.

    Good luck with the project.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,850

    If you are planting raspberries, it's a good idea to create a confining barrier beyond which you don't want them to spread. Something like floorboards on their edge would be sufficient. Without this they will take over the garden.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
Sign In or Register to comment.