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What tools do you need to build a raised garden bed?

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Tools for building a raised garden bed include a circular saw, level, wheelbarrow, cold chisel, hoe, square, drill, caulk gun and hacksaw. The project also requires pressure-treated or rot-resistant wood and galvanized or stainless steel bolts and screws.

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A raised garden bed can be of simple construction, with wood planks and screws creating a simple rectangular box. For a more stable and aesthetically pleasing raised garden bed, homeowners can benefit from other supplies and tools, including:

  • Circular saw with diamond blade
  • Handsaw
  • Hacksaw
  • Spade
  • Trenching shovel
  • Hoe
  • Trowel
  • Safety glasses
  • Level
  • Cold chisel
  • Utility knife
  • Rubber mallet
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Caulk gun
  • Square
  • Drill
  • Rubber work gloves
  • Rope

In order to protect the food growing in the planter beds, use pressure-treated or rot-resistant cedar or redwood, brick, concrete or rock. To protect the soil, homeowners can also line the beds with landscape fabric.

Build the planter beds about 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall to raise the beds high enough to accommodate the roots while not building them so high that they require excess amounts of soil to fill. They should also be wide enough to accommodate the plants but short enough to reach the middle from both sides of the box. About 3 feet wide is ideal.

If installing an irrigation or watering system in the beds as well, homeowners will need additional tools and supplies to complete the project. Create a plan and purchase all necessary supplies before beginning construction to facilitate an easy process.

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