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Project: Building a Circular Garden Bed

Gardening | Beginner

Circular Garden beds are great for accenting your flag poles or other areas of your yard. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to learn how to add one to your property.

Step 1: Measure and Mark

To make the circle as precise as possible, use a tape measure to define the radius you want stemming from the flag pole. Once this is established, sprinkle some baking flour onto the area of grass that meets your radius measurement. Repeat this around the flag pole until you’ve formed a complete circle.

Step 2: Form Your Circle

Lay a disconnected water hose along the flour marks to form a circle.

Step 3: Create the Border

Using our Border Spade, position the blade along the outside edge of the water hose, grip the handle with both hands and step onto the Comfort Step to slice the ground about 2-4 inches deep. Repeat this the whole way around the water hose.

Step 4: Remove the Sod

After you have clearly sliced the edge of your circle, remove the sod. To remove the sod, stick the blade of the Border Spade back into one of your slices and begin to pull back on the spade while applying pressure on the Comfort Step so as to horizontally scrape just the surface of the sod. You should use a plowing motion, not a digging motion unless you need to dig a deep garden bed. To ease this step, you may need to stab the inner circle of the bed so as to create cuts that will allow slices to be removed. Think of this step as cutting a cake to create slices that can be served by sliding a serving spatula underneath each piece to remove them by lifting up.

Step 5: Level the Ground

It is now time to level the ground. This step is best done with one of our Garden Rakes. Use the tines to rake through the dirt and then use the reverse side of the head (the straight bar) to create an even level of ground. If needed, use a Cultivator to mix-in any needed soil amendments.

Step 6: Dig the Holes

Using a Digging Shovel, dig holes to plant your flowers. Remove your flowers from their containers using a Hand Trowel.

Step 7: Spread the Mulch

For spreading your mulch, we recommend using a Manure Fork or Bedding Fork.

Step 8: Enjoy

Enjoy your lovely round garden bed!

For this project, you’ll need: