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What’s stopping you from gardening today? Do you live in an urban area, have a small yard or is your soil rocky and full of clay? Any of these challenges could make you believe that planting a garden simply isn’t in the plans this year, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You just have to get a little more creative and turn to raised beds and planter boxes to enjoy the vegetables, herbs and flowers you crave. An amazing 78 million U.S. households grow gardens, according to the Garden Writer’s Association. Wouldn’t you like to join them?

If you’ve never considered using a raised bed or planter box to garden before, these tools offer many advantages such as high yields, easy gardening and a longer overall gardening season. Before you get to work on this rewarding DIY project, though, ask yourself these questions:

Where will I place my garden beds?

This may be determined by the specific space you have available. If you have a few options, though, look for the sunniest spot possible. Remember that larger beds will have greater yields, but they also require more work. It’s best to build your beds to match the gardening time you have available.

What material will I use to build my beds?

There are many options in today’s market; however, many experienced gardeners build their beds from untreated Western Red Cedar because it is naturally rot resistant. This provides instant longevity without treatment. And for new builders, Western Red Cedar is affordable, lightweight and easy to work with – all important considerations when starting your first project. Plus, if you’re an environmentally conscious gardener, Western Red Cedar is sustainably harvested. The harvesting, manufacturing and transportation of this material all generates fewer greenhouse emissions than other types of materials, so you can go green in every stage of your project. You can learn more at Realcedar.com.

What’s the right size bed for my space?

As you’re planning your bed size, remember you’ll need to work in the space as well. The garden bed’s width can range from 2 to 4 feet and the ideal length is 8 to 12 feet. No matter the dimensions you choose, make sure your beds and planters are at least 6 inches deep; 12 inches is optimal for allowing the roots to grow deep and strong.

Is my soil ready?

Before you start digging around, make sure your soil is ready for success. Dig down 6 to 8 inches and loosen the soil. Then create a mixture of top soil and organic material – such as compost or manure. Once the soil is ready, it’s time to start watering, weeding and fertilizing.

All of these tasks become much easier with garden beds and planters because you will be working with a smaller space and won’t need to do so much bending. You may discover your garden quickly dries out in the sun, and if this is the case, a layer of mulch can be just the solution to help your soil retain moisture.

What are my plans for next year?

Harvesting is one of the greatest joys of gardening. Once you’ve finished this year’s harvest, you can set your focus on next year. Prep your beds for winter just as you would a traditional garden, and if you’ve built your garden beds from Western Red Cedar you don’t need to do anything to prep the boxes for the colder months. Western Red Cedar resists warping and twisting, ensuring your beds will look and function just as well next year… and beyond.

For more information on building a garden bed or planter box and to find project plans that will work for your space visit www.Realcedar.com/outdoor/project-plans/.

The Lawn & Sprinkler Guys
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Rondale Dunn
Rondale Dunn
16:08 19 Aug 20
Great company and customer service. Cindy in the front office is simply amazing! Highly recommend.
Sean Cummings
Sean Cummings
21:39 09 Aug 20
I didn’t use this company, but they ended up cutting my cable line. I asked the gentleman why they didn’t Come over... to just inquire about it and he said some people don’t like that...talked to the owner, supposedly, and he didn’t seam to care at all about cutting the cord. He said that I would have to handle that, making it seam like it was my fault or problem. I’ve spent the better part of my weekend trying to get this back up and running, which is never a fun thing when it’s not your fault. Moreover, me and my wife both work healthcare so internet is vital to us as it would be to most families. I don’t like writing this kind of stuff but when it comes to this kind of unprofessionalism and manner people should know this company just doesn’t care.read more
Andy Schuttler
Andy Schuttler
00:15 14 Jun 20
Polite and professional administrative staff. Quality of work is very dependent on the tech working with you. We’ve... had great experiences, with we’ve also had techs come on the wrong day, there have been times techs weren’t able to fix and issue without help from someone else, and we’ve had late arrivals/last minute cancellations.read more
Robert and Tamara Edmondson
Robert and Tamara Edmondson
22:43 04 Jun 20
The Lawn and Sprinkler Guys of Kansas City are no joke. They came out and did my sprinkler system and downspouts in 3... days with great gusto! They wore masked for my little one and we really approached that!read more
Cheri Mattina
Cheri Mattina
21:39 02 Jan 20
I called and made an appointment to get my sprinklers winterized. He came out in less than a week. Very nice and... didn’t take him long to do it. I will for sure do business with them again.read more
Thomas Mathews
Thomas Mathews
21:57 02 Dec 19
A great family and professional service company. They service my lawn sprinklers and now all my lawn fertilizer issues.... It will be hard to find a better and more professional company. T. Mathewsread more
Gene Schreiner
Gene Schreiner
22:30 11 Nov 19
I'm concerned that I will have problems with my sprinklers next spring since two of the 7 zones would not open. So if... there was water in those zones it did not get blown out. Also, for the 5 zones that we did get some air to come out very little water came out. Only a small mist on 3 of the zones and 2 no water mist or water came out. There was just the sound of air on those 2 zones. So in summary - two zones did not open to be blown out. Two zones only air came out. 3 zones water mist and air came out. I hope there is not water still in there that was frozen or that will freeze?read more
Matthew Thompson
Matthew Thompson
15:53 20 Sep 19
Fast and professional service for a reasonable price. We had a pipe burst in our yard's sprinkler system and they were... able to come out and fix it in no time. We will definitely be using them for our yard services again.read more
Curt Cole
Curt Cole
18:18 09 Aug 19
These guys are the best. They were really busy this summer (a good thing!) so we had to wait a bit to get the... sprinkler installation done, but their crew just finished yesterday and they were superb. It's all about experience, and these guys knew what they were doing. Scott, the owner, and Brian in the office are great too. Thanks!read more
A McReynolds
A McReynolds
22:10 31 Aug 17
All these years, working with many companies, going to many places, and I have never once filled out a negative review... online. Usually, I just take it for what it is, and make a personal choice to not use the company again. I am not a fan of giving negative reviews when it isn't necessary. However, this company has been nothing but trouble working with. I had them open my sprinkler system/check the back flow and they did not properly let the city of Olathe know, so my sprinkler was tagged and shut down by the city of Olathe. When I contacted L&S to let them know, the lady (I will not name drop on anyone personally, due to personal privacy) that answers their phone ARGUED with me and blamed the city of olathe saying it was their system. THE CITY OF OLATHE HAD TO CALL THEM to get the information and basically forced them to take care of the issue. Since I was going along thinking everything was fine before the city shut down my sprinkler, I wanted to do some of their lawn packages. Whatever they put on for their "weed killer" doesn't actually work. Keep in mind THEY STOPPED COMMUNICATING WITH ME and NEVER GOT BACK WITH ME after the city contacted them, they later had a lawyer send me a letter forcing payment of they would take me to court. When I attempted to contact the law office, I never got them to answer my call or call me back. I just paid the bill of about $150 to them personally, but completely did it against my will and to just be done. Personally, I don't feel like I owed this company anything at all. The one thing they will get from me is anytime anyone asks, whether on a public forum or personally, regardless if they even ask about Lawn & Sprinkler Guys specifically, I will inform them to RUN...RUN AS FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN. They will screw you over and then threaten legal action. If you screw up, and a customer suffers the consequences, you should at least call and apologize, but oh, no. All I got was, "well, the city said they would call you, I didn't feel it was necessary". IF A CUSTOMERS SERVICE IS SHUT OFF AND ITS NOT THEIR FAULT, YEA, ITS NECESSARY THAT YOU CALL. After all, who even knows if I actually needed a new black flow or not anyway at this point anyway, which mind you, was paid on the spot after job completion!!!!!!!!UPDATE: was offered to speak to the owner by the secretary (I never asked to), of course he wasn't available & was on the other line "giving a quote". Was told he would call an after his phone call. Never received that call, either. They got what they wanted after a threatening letter...my money. I could care less if I hear from them at this point. Just thought i would let everyone know that the terrible service continues. DON'T OFFER SOMETHING YOU CAN'T DELIVER.read more
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