Benefits of Galvanized Steel Raised Beds
Using raised beds in your garden is beneficial for a whole lot of reasons: they simplify the weed control process and you have a lot of control over the kind of environment your plants grow in.
Thanks to the latter reason, watering plants, fertilizing them and keeping away pests becomes a lot easier. In fact, they reduce the need for weeding altogether since the plants can be isolated in a ‘safe space.’ Overall, a lot of labor is saved with raised bed gardening.
Secondary benefits include looking really great and being easy on the back since they are off the ground.
The most commonly used material in the building process is wood. A few tricks can be used in order to make it more durable, but in the end, wood is susceptible to rot over time, and thinner designs are prone to crack, especially with the added effect of rainwater.
Raised beds made from plastic and ceramic materials aren’t great alternatives because of their lack of strength.
What’s the best raised bed material? Galvanized steel.
Besides being the most durable and long-lasting option, a metal garden box offers the ability to extend your garden through bed extension kits. In this way, your garden can be extended and grown at will.
On their own, though, there are a few factors to consider when building a galvanized steel bed.
Depending on the brand and style you choose, bed extension kits may not be available. In which case, the growing space is reduced dramatically. The answer, of course, is to use several steel beds or build larger ones.
Planting your garden in wide rows has the benefit of more cultivation space but as we all know, a larger garden requires greater weed control.
Safer Weed Control When Using Steel Garden Beds
Speaking of weed control, galvanized steel beds aren’t going to prevent pesky, unwanted weeds from invading your garden.
At some point, you’re still going to have to get your hands dirty in order to prevent them from making a new home among your fruits, vegetables and flowers.
With the Monsanto saga boiling over in recent days, perhaps it’s time to step back from glyphosate-based weedkiller like Roundup.
The ideal solution?
Landscape fabric provides an excellent, natural and organic way to keep weeds away.
Landscape fabrics are designed, by default, to allow both water and nutrients to seep through them without letting in any unwanted growth.
They are usually placed around plants in order to act as a sort of filter in order to both prevent the kind of soil erosion usually caused by sudden storms and keep other plants from competing with your own crops.
For a whole host of reasons, petroleum-based products aren’t exactly most people’s favorite thing to have in their gardens. However, aside from weeds, which would have a hard time making their way through two feet of soil to begin with, the next-biggest worry is pests like moles.
If they manage to burrow their way to your raised bed, they are guaranteed to ruin your garden. And, despite the various mole-control methods that exist, none of them works dependably.
Landscape fabric is a great option for keeping them out altogether. It’s an inexpensive and, at the end of the day, a pretty simple solution to dealing with the unwanted pests in your garden.