The best seasons for building raised beds are spring or fall. We are now on the threshold of summer. The topic is still up to date. You can actually finish a raised bed now, too. Do you want to spend a lot of time outside, then any craft work can do you good. Just be careful that the right time for breeding does not come back until it gets a little cooler.
The modern garden design is characterized by an ever more comfortable character. Structure, interesting floor plans, structure of the different zones are all typical characteristics. The raised beds can fulfill these design functions in addition to their main function, namely to make gardening easier and more effective.
The material is very important both from the point of view of design and for practical reasons. The following is about what to consider when we build a stone raised bed ourselves. This material is very popular and brings many aesthetic and practical benefits.
- 1 Pay attention to the good base if you build a raised bed yourself
- 2 The right way to build
- 3 The different possibilities with the forms
- 4 Different options regarding the style
- 5 The peculiarities compared to the other materials
- 5.1 The first row is crucial to the design
- 5.2 A stone raised bed could also beautify the facade
- 5.3 You can choose different geometrical shapes for your stone raised beds
- 5.4 Long rectangular raised beds are usually the most practical
- 5.5 The stone raised bed can be an interesting accent in the garden
- 5.6 A great series of raised beds with natural stones
- 5.7 The shape of the stones can make the raised bed look very interesting
- 5.8 Stair constructions are also very popular with the stone raised beds
Homemade raised beds take a variety of forms
Pay attention to the good base if you build a raised bed yourself
Of all the different alternatives, a raised stone bed is one of the most stable. It can also be built over a considerable height. Unlike other variants, such as wood or plastic, it can last longer. If you build a stable stone raised bed yourself, this can continue to serve you for many years to come.
The rest would usually have to be replaced at the latest after 2-3 years.
The base should be made of concrete and below that you need a waterproof underlay. The latter can be made of gravel or lava. This so-called drainage layer must be more than 70 or 80 cm below the ground. It depends on the depth of the wet soil attaches. The drainage layer should be tight around 30-40 cm. The base itself should be about the same height. For the compression of the lower layer you prefer to use a vibrating plate. It is also important that the base protrudes on all sides about 5 cm in front of the overlying wall.
Stone raised beds of different heights can look good in the garden
The right way to build
Building a raised stone bed is not too complicated. However, there are some critical points to watch out for. The first such we have mentioned, namely the compression below the base. You must not miss these. Your goal is not to allow water. It will lead to instability and slippage of the structure after freezing in winter. This of course brings both practical and aesthetic disadvantages.
The next critical point is laying the first row. This should be laid completely straight using special measuring devices. Any inequalities at this point can not be straightened out with the rest of the structure.
In addition, make sure that the mortar dries very well after the first layer has been laid. Only then should you move on to line up the next stones. For welding together of these you can use conventional building material glue and no usual mortar. You may be able to ask for a more suitable alternative in the purchase.
An important moment in building the stone raised bed is the visible edge. For this you have to process the stones with a plaster cracker or the so-called Scharriereisen.
Stone beds in the form of a spiral are also very common
The different possibilities with the forms
The stone raised beds offer many varied possibilities in terms of style and shapes. They can be oval, square, long rectangular. Stair-shaped constructions are also common. Raised beds are often used multifunctional due to the many possibilities. These structures also serve as a storage or seating area. They take on the role of decorative accents and privacy screens.
The base is probably the most important part of such a DIY project
Different options regarding the style
From a design point of view, depending on the color and shape, the stones can be neutral, modern, minimalist, but also rural, rough or industrial. The bricks have a very different character than the natural stone. Raised beds made of stone are generally but a classic and therefore affects the garden design always upscale and stylish.
Stones in different colors could make out the structure of a raised bed
The peculiarities compared to the other materials
If you want to build a stone raised bed yourself, then you have to expect a comparably greater effort. The exact work and the following of all important steps are crucial. You have to work the details well, so that the construction is visually appealing and stable. The big advantages over other constructions is the eco-friendly character, as well as the long endurance. The stone raised beds can last much longer before being renovated or replaced by others.
Take a look at a great instruction for creating the frame structures of stone raised beds in the following video!
Here is a great construction manual for the construction of a raised bed:
The first row is crucial to the design
A stone raised bed could also beautify the facade
You can choose different geometrical shapes for your stone raised beds
Long rectangular raised beds are usually the most practical
The stone raised bed can be an interesting accent in the garden
A great series of raised beds with natural stones
The shape of the stones can make the raised bed look very interesting
Stair constructions are also very popular with the stone raised beds