After my wife and I decided on the area where we were going to plant our rose garden, here are the steps I followed to prepare the area for planting:
Cut out and remove grass
I followed the same steps I used when creating the herb garden. Go check out what I did by reading the following articles:
Herb Garden – Step 1 – Mark out your area
Herb Garden – Step 2 – Remove the grass
Create proper edges
Using the spade, I created really defined (and about 15cm deep) edges for the rose garden. I wanted a properly defined area, where the grass and the soil would not meet. I also decided not to use straight lines for the edges, hoping that the curves would add to the beauty that this garden will soon be.
Lay edging panels
Every time we go to the nursery, we get plastic “sheeting” to lay down in the car to prevent it from getting dirty. I used this to line the edges that I had cut out to prevent the grass from spreading into the rose garden’s soil. I know I will still be taking out weeds and grass, but this will hopefully minimise that.
I bought little wooden poles (about 25cm long) that I am using to create a decorative edging for the garden. So, making sure I had plastic in between these poles and the edge (where the grass stops), I placed the poles in the soil, trying to make sure that they were lined up.
Here is what it looked like just before finishing this process:
(You’ll have to excuse the bad quality of this and other photos, due to the fact that my digital camera is not working, and I’ve had to use the shocking camera on my iMate KJam)