The cost of building a raised garden bed can vary based on a number of factors. For example, if you made the bed yourself from scratch, if you ordered the kit, or if you paid a professional to install one for you. Each approach has costs and benefits, and there is no wrong way to start when it comes to gardening.The following content also has some reference value for raised garden beds.
Calculating the cost of a garden bed can help you plan and control your budget, here are some steps:
Calculate the land area: No matter what type of garden bed you're building, the first thing you need to do is prepare where you're going to put it and gather materials for the project. This means clearing and levelling the garden bed area. Measure the area of land you are going to plant the garden bed on and calculate its area. A measuring tool (such as a measuring tape or a laser rangefinder) can be used to determine the exact area.
Building material: Garden beds are grown from materials such as wood, metal and plastic. Here is how to calculate their cost: Wood: When selecting wood, choose wood that has been treated to ensure durability and rot resistance. Lumber is usually priced in length, width and thickness, but may also be priced in cubic feet. The cost depends on the type and quality of wood selected, as well as the supplier's price. Some common wood species include pine, redwood, redwood, and cedar. Costs typically range from $2 to $10 per cubic foot.Metal: Planting beds are usually made of iron, aluminum, or galvanized steel. The cost of a metal planting bed depends on the thickness of the material chosen, the size, and the supplier's price. Costs typically range from $10 to $30 per square foot.Plastic: Plastic planting beds are usually made of polyethylene or polypropylene, which are lightweight, durable and easy to clean. The cost depends on the size and thickness of the plastic planting bed and the supplier's price. Costs typically range from $2 to $5 per square foot.When choosing planter bed materials, consider factors such as their durability, rot resistance and sustainability, as well as how well they match your garden bed style and design, in addition to cost.
Identify plant varieties: Choose the plant varieties you want to grow in your garden bed and check their prices. A variety of different plants can be grown in garden beds, here are some common plant varieties and price ranges (in dollars) :
Tulips: Common spring flowers, ranging from $0.50 to $10, depending on the variety and color. Starry Sky: Summer flowers, ranging from $0.50 to $5. Lavender: Summer flower, from $1 to $15. Roses: Summer flowers, ranging from $5 to $50, depending on the variety and color. Cucumbers: Vegetables ranging from $1 to $3. Tomatoes: Vegetables ranging from $1 to $5. Green peppers: Vegetables ranging from $1 to $3. Peonies: Spring flowers that range from $5 to $30, depending on the variety and color. Vanilla: Herbs, ranging from $1 to $10, depending on the variety and plant size.
These prices are a rough range, depending on the region, season and store. When choosing plant varieties, consider factors such as the local climate, soil and sun exposure, and choose plants that are suitable for your garden bed.
Buy soil and fertilizer: Determine how much soil and fertilizer you need to buy to fill and improve the soil. These costs can be found out when buying at your local garden store or farmer's market.
Purchase seeds or adult plants: If you plan to plant from seed, you will need to calculate the cost of purchasing seeds. If you plan to buy adult plants, you will need to determine how many plants you will need to buy to cover the area of your garden bed and calculate their price.
Tools and materials: Buy the tools and materials you need, such as hoes, shovels, shovels, sprayers, etc. These costs also need to be accounted for. If you're going to make your own wooden bed, you'll need the right tools. These tools will include: power drills, socket wrenches, hammers, tape measures, levels, saws, rollers or rollers to apply wood surfaces, safety glazing and access trucks to transport lumber. You may have these tools at home, or you may need to purchase them at your local hardware store.
Labor costs: If you need to hire someone to help you build or maintain a garden bed, you need to consider labor costs. You can expect to spend about 5-8 hours building a wooden garden bed yourself. Overall, this seems like a pretty good deal, but keep in mind that you will need to replace the wood every 6 years when it starts to rot
Other expenses: When calculating costs, you also need to consider other possible expenses, such as transportation costs or any other additional expenses.
Add these costs together to find the total cost of your garden bed. If you want to keep costs under control, consider choosing more affordable varieties, tools and materials, or do the building and maintenance work yourself.