Turning Lawn Into a Flower Bed in just 5 Easy Steps

Are you thinking about turning lawn into a flower bed? But how to turn your yard into a flower garden? It’s not so hard; turning the lawn into a flower bed following 5 simple steps. All these steps are beginner-friendly, and they will improve your garden landscaping quite a lot.

Turning Lawn Into a Flower Bed

A glimpse of all the steps is following. Then, we will describe in detail each step.

  • Remove grasses
  • Improve soil condition for flower bed
  • Setting up a drip irrigation system 
  • Add flower bed edging
  • Add mulch for flower bed

Step 1: Remove grasses

Turning Lawn Into a Flower Bed

The first step of this project is to remove the grass. You have to start by defining the size of the flower bed you wanted and then remove the grass of this entire area that you would like to turn into a flower bed.

If you need to remove grass from a small area, you can apply the traditional hand-pulling method. This traditional manual method will be a better option for removing grass from such a small area.

On the other hand, if you want to turn a larger one into a flower bed, buying a grass-removing or cutting machine would be a better option for you. This machine will save your time and a lot of labor.

Step 2: -Improve soil condition for flower bed

soil condition for flower bed

It is an optional step but doing this now rather than later has excellent benefits. It is very easy to condition the soil before setting up irrigation and mulch because you will get bare soil.

For improving the soil condition, you can buy compost fertilizer from any local fertilizer supply store and then mix it with the soil. Generally, compost fertilizer comes at a very affordable price, and you will try to add them to your soil whenever you can.

To add compost to your soil, first place the compost on top of the soil and use a garden shovel/hoe to mix the compost with soil properly. You can also sprinkle a tiny amount of gypsum to break down the clay soil.

Step 3: Setting up a drip irrigation system 

 drip irrigation system

Setting up a drip irrigation system for the flower bed is very important to ensure enough water for the plants without any manual work.

The plants you planted or thinking about adding in the future really would not get sufficient water from the water sprinkler, so you may need to supply water by hosing them from time to time. To tackle this problem, setting up a drip irrigation system is a good solution.

You can use 1/4 inches tubing with 6 inches of emitter spacing to set up the main drip line. You can use these irrigation tools without any hesitation. It is the most common irrigation tool used in garden drip irrigation systems.

Now, you have to lay them around the flower bed with the help of landscape staples to keep them secure in place. When you add mulch, this irrigation tubing will get entirely covered by mulch.

If your desired flower bed is about 3 feet wide, you can set up 3 rows for this width. It would be sufficient for watering all of your plants because most of the plants have low-medium water requirements, and you will also add mulch later to prevent the water from evaporation. 

Now, you have to connect the center tubing to the outer tubing. For this purpose, using a barbed tee will be best.

Finally, you have to connect them to the water supply source, which can be a water pump.

Step 4: -Add flower bed edging 

flower bed edging

It would help if you edged the flower bed to separate grass from the bed. This edging will also add some extra definition between the flower bed and the lawn, making the landscaping look a lot more finished.

You can edge a flower bed by using different types of materials, but we always suggest using natural materials as the border of a flower bed because they blend well with the landscaping. For building your flower bed borders, you can choose light gray cobblestones as a natural material.

 You will find these garden cobblestones at a meager price in the marketplace. So, it will keep your cost low for this flower bed edging project.

For edging a flower bed with these cobblestones, first, you have to place them at the edge of your flower bed area. The area of your flower bed is naturally lower than the surrounding lawn area because you already removed grasses from this area. So, it would become a natural place for placing the stone border. 

When placing the stone border, avoid them sitting on top of the flower bed drip irrigation lines. You can use a mallet to set the borders a bit more in the ground.

Step 5: Add mulch for a flower bed

Add mulch for a flower bed

It is the final step of this project that is adding mulch for protecting the flower bed. Before pouring in the mulch, make sure that you add an edging between the flower bed and the grass so that the mulch cannot roll over to the lawn.

You can use small tree bark for the mulching that you may get from any gardening supply store.

You can also use wood chips that you will get at any local hardware store. But these wood chips aren’t super good for the plants of your flower bed. If you want a super healthy garden, you can invest a little more to add good quality mulch.

After collecting all the mulch, just pour them over the empty part of your lawn.

During this work, you should wear a pair of gloves so that the tiny wood splinter would not get in your fingers. Otherwise, you may have to spend a lot of time plugging the sprinters out from your fingers.  

According to the general rule of thumb, a 2-3 inches thick layer of mulch is enough to prevent the evaporation of the water of a flower bed. 


Converting a lawn in a flower bed is not so hard. You can easily turn your lawn into a beautiful flower bed by following these steps. We hope that the real flower bed will make your lawn nicer than before.

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Jeffrey Bromley
Jeffrey Bromley

Jeffrey Bromley is an experienced lawn care professional with over 13 years in the industry. He is the owner of The Lawn & Landscape Company and the founder of Lawn Gardeners Blog. His passion for lawn care extends beyond his business ventures, with a personal commitment to helping individuals take better care of their yards.

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