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Is it OK to Have a Raised Flower Bed Against a House?

Updated February 21, 2017

Raised flower beds can be built against a house. This lends colour and decoration to the landscape. Once a raised flower bed is built, many different varieties flowers and plants can be grown in the bed.

Size

The size of the raised flower bed is important. Most beds are 3 feet across so that the centre of the bed is within easy reach from both sides. When placed against the wall of a house, one side is inaccessible. Build the bed 1 1/2 to 2 feet wide.

Location

Locate raised flower beds in areas with good morning sunlight. Most plants need fpir to six hours of sun to grow well. Afternoon shade may keep the flowers cool in a hot climate. The west or south side of a house is generally a great location for the flower bed.

Consideration

Do not design a raised flower bed with only three sides. This leaves the side next to the house open with soil in direct contact with the siding. The dampness of the soil will start the siding to rot if the side of the house is not made with durable materials. Always keep a weather treated board between the soil and the house.

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About the Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.