Before your plants arrive, it is important to properly prepare the ground where they will be planted. If the border is grass, you will need to follow these steps:
- Measure and mark out the width and length of the border where the plants will be placed.
- Use a sharp spade to cut the turf into small, manageable sections for easy removal.
- Slice off thin layers of the turf without removing too much of the topsoil. The removed turf can be stacked and left to decompose, creating a rich soil in a few months.
- Use a sturdy fork to loosen and turn over the compacted soil, removing any large stones or debris.
- Check the quality of the existing soil and add organic matter, such as compost, soil conditioner, or well-rotted manure, as needed. Mix it in with the soil using the fork.
- Rake the soil until it is level and friable, ready for the new plants.