No dig beds for new flower borders

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    ksb76
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    We have just moved into a new build house with grass laid fence to fence. I am planning to put in new flower beds. Would building them in a no dig way (cardboard and then thick compost etc) over the grass work for flowers, as well as it does to create vegetable plots?

    I suspect that the soil underneath the grass is a minimal layer of topsoil and that underneath that, who knows what lurks, but the likelihood of it being compacted from building is high. I would rather improve it gradually via no dig than get in there with a rotivator and destroy what little soil structure there is though.

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    charles
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    Your preference is good, I would card over then compost and plant, worms etc will gradually colonise the soil again.
    I would first remove any rubble on the surface and make it an even surface at least.

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    ksb76
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    Fantastic – thanks Charles. Fortunately no rubble on the surface, just grass. Am looking forward to having a little more to offer wildlife than just grass!

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