We have an ongoing rise in the popularity of raised bed gardening in recent years and as a result the issue with some growers is that they want to bring these bed frame systems nearer to their houses for convenience purposes. The problem is that if we situate these on our backyard hard surfaces, decking or patios, we may have a run off from these and this may cause staining or an unsightly trail of stained water solution. This is an extra issue that we don’t wish to deal with and the solution is raised bed liners.
These liners come as part of the raised bed flatpack kits in some cases or we could purchase these as a seperate accesory, either online, in garden centres or our local hardware stores. They are reasonably inexpensive, easy to insert or apply and can be a godsend for some homeowners. This material is made from hard plastic polyproplene and there are several varieties and strength grades, so we need to do a little research before buying these raised bed garden liners. Depending on what our main concerns are, ie, is it a runoff from our raised beds or is it an issue with weeds growing through from the soil, will dictate what type of liner we will need for our beds.
Raised bed waterproof liner fabric;
This is the material that we require for raised bed gardens that we have on our patios, decking or backyard concreted surfaces, as this material will prevent any seepage leekage or runoff, maybe from recent heavy rains or overwatering. If we have a balcony or we are living in high rise apartments and we have a little raised bed garden, its important that we use this material inside the bed frame, as we don’t want any seepage or water spillage, dripping down on to our neighbours below us. The seepage could permanently stain the balconies, say if the surface is tiled or primed with hardwearing paint, so these are issues that we don’t want and ones we need to avoid. Naturally this material will be more expensive than the other type, as its more durable and otherwise more hardwearing.
Porus raised bed liners;
This is a standard grade of material and will make gardening a little more enjoyable and less stressful. It eliminates a lot of unwanted and unnecessary maintenance and also has a lot of unseen benefits. It is the type that we may want to use in our backyard or backgarden raised beds that are located over soil or turf. This fabric will prevent any unwanted weeds from coming through the underground soil and infesting our vegetable beds. The fact that it’s porus will leave any excess water to penetrate through and prevents root rot or wet feet syndrome from happening. It also prevents the soil from being eroded and retains all the nourishment and growing elements that we may have added to our raised bed soil.
Made to measure liners;
Here we have a ready made answer to all our problems and these ready made bed frame liners are available now in regular made to order sizes and measurements. These would be for our standard raised garden beds like 4ft x 8ft, 4ft x 4ft, 3ft x 6ft etc etc. This fabric would be a little more expensive, than the norm as it is already made to spefic dimensions and made to fit our bed frames seamlessly, thus reducing the work for ourselves. These liners will have to be purchase online and would come with a set of easy fitting instructions. The fabric liner when installed would then have to be stapled to the frame as over time the soil subsides and moves with the growth and expansion of our vegetables.
Go here for these liners; Mini Grow Bed Liner
Landscape liner fabric in rolls;
For convenience purposes, hardware outlets are retailing weed suppressor rolls of fabric and this material can also be used for our raised bed gardens. There are different grades of this material and also different roll sizes, so we just need to look at what are the dimensions of the package before purchasing. This fabric is more frequently used as a weed barrier during hard garden landscaping exercises and I’m sure that we all have seen this being used for this purpose somewhere, at some time or other. It comes in long rolls and will cover the prepared ground before planting of shrubs, plants or flowers. Holes are then made to allow for the planting and the fabric barrier is then rolled back into place around the base of the plant. This prevents the growth of weeds in these beds and at the same time allows air and water to filter down through to the soil. The weed barrier fabric is then covered with a 4-6″ layer of bark mulch and when done properly and expertly looks very attractive and appealing.
To summarize and recap;
We have looked at and discussed all the different solutions that may arise from time to time during our outdoor gardening chores. One issue that I have forgotten to mention ( depending on where we live ) and that is the problem with moles, gophers and other gardening nuisances like those. To prevent this problem, liner fabric on its own may not be enough to deter these critters, so we may have to put down a layer of small grade chicken wire and then lay down the fabric on top of this and that should be adequate to eliminate these pests. They will not be then able to chew through the wire mesh barrier and thus, this eliminates another garden headache for some people.
So once again, I hope that you have enjoyed this review on raised bed liners. I hope that the post is informative and beneficial and that all or some of your questions have been answered. If you have any further queries, please ust the comments section below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Happy gardening to all,
Cheers Phil Browne.