Clients in Transcona South had a blank, muddy slate to build upon. They wanted to grow vegetables with their kids, and create some border areas for privacy, interest and wildlife. We worked with a larger landscaper to do the final grading and sodding, while we installed the raised beds, rain barrels and perennial beds. The back corners of the yard used lots of shrubs (such as dogwoods and ninebarks) that will grow to fill in the spaces, while the front area uses a variety of beautiful shade-tolerant perennials (ferns, hostas, brunnera, bregenia).
This 24′ x 2′ raised bed makes it easier to garden and keep the grass at bay. This used the economical option of building it out of spruce 2″x10″s, double-high (for about 19″ high), and we use Lifetime Wood Treatment to extend the life of the wood a little (mineral-based and food-safe). It doesn’t necessarily keep rabbits from eating your plants, but it does deter them a little (they don’t like being so exposed).