If you're tired of critters entering your flowerbed at your business and eating the plants you're trying to grow, you have a few options. You can set traps, poison them or stand out near your flowerbed and scare them away 24/7. None of these options are good ones, but you can build a border around it to help prevent the critters from walking right on in. This guide provides the steps to take to create such a border.
Step 1: Measure the Area and Obtain Your Materials
Measure the area with a tape measure, mark the corners with some rocks or bricks and then go to the home improvement store to pick up the following supplies:
- several 4x1 flat boards
- long wood nails
- long wood screws
- four posts that are a little bit higher than what you want your border
Step 2: Insert the Corner Posts
Use the hammer to hammer in the posts, one on each corner. Measure the distance from the center of one post to the center of another post. Do this for the entire perimeter of the flowerbed.
Step 3: Saw Boards to Size and Nail to the Posts
Use the tape measure to measure the flat boards to the size of the distance between the posts. Use a pencil to mark the appropriate spot. Then use a hacksaw to cut the boards down to size. Note: If your flowerbed is a rectangular shape, your boards will be different sizes.
Set the boards on the ground, leaning upright against the post. Then either partially nail them in with the hammer or screw them in with the drill.
Step 4: Check the Levelness of the Frame
Use the level to ensure that the boards are level all the way around. If the boards aren't level, tap on them lightly to set them in the ground until you get a good reading from your leveling tool.
Once all the boards are level, finish hammering in the nails, or drilling in the screws.
Step 5: Add Another Layer
If you want your boarder to be higher than one level of 4-inch flat boards, repeat step three, but instead of setting the boards on the ground, set them on top of the already placed boards.
Make the border around your flowerbed as high as you need to so that critters can't get in, but you can. Consult with your landscaper, such as Thompson Landscape Co, if you have critters that can still get in to find another safe way to get rid of them.