Soil Preparation for Flower Beds


Proper soil care will reward the gardener with years of beautiful flowers. Source: YouTube – Southwest Yard and Garden – How to Prepare a Flower Bed for Spring Part I

Good soil preparation for flower beds helps create and maintain a healthy garden and can also reduce water requirements.

Things to keep in mind include:

Preparing Tree Planting Holes


Proper preparation of holes for planting trees is necessary for tree growth and survival.

Trees are available at plant nurseries and garden centers in different container sizes and as bare root, and balled and burlapped.

Each method has advantages and disadvantages and requires different handling and planting techniques.

Information on planting trees and shrubs is available from the resources listed below and in the adjacent video.


Additional Resources:


Utah – Planting Landscape Trees


Minnesota – Planting and Transplanting

Soil Preparation for Vegetable Gardens

          three people preparing a garden bed

Preparing a vegetable garden plot
Photo credit: meganopru Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0


Properly prepared and maintained soil will provide an abundance of healthy vegetables for many years
Photo credit: Andrea Parrish Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0


Properly prepared soil provides a healthy substrate for producing an abundant supply of nutritious vegetables from the home garden.

Characteristics of Properly Prepared Soil for Vegetable Gardens

  • Improved seed germination
  • Increased aeration and drainage
  • Improved soil texture and structure
  • Higher biological activity
  • Improved fertility