How to Turn Over a Garden Bed

How to Turn Over a Garden Bed

3rd Jul 2023


Gardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and grow your own food. However, maintaining a garden requires effort and time. One of the most important tasks in gardening is turning over the garden bed. This process involves aerating the soil, removing weeds, and preparing the soil for new plants. In this blog post, we will discuss how to turn over a garden bed.

Reasons for Turning Over a Garden Bed

There are several reasons why you should consider turning over your garden bed. Firstly, it helps to improve soil drainage and aeration. The process of turning over the soil helps to loosen compacted soil, allowing air and water to penetrate the soil more effectively. Secondly, turning over the garden bed helps to remove weeds and other unwanted plants. This is essential for maintaining a healthy garden and preventing the spread of diseases. Finally, turning over the soil helps to prepare the garden bed for new plants, providing them with the necessary nutrients and space to grow.

Steps to Turn Over a Garden Bed

  1. Start by clearing the garden bed of any debris, rocks, or weeds. Use a rake or hoe to remove any large clumps of soil.
  2. Dig a trench around the perimeter of the garden bed. This will help to define the edges of the garden bed and prevent grass and weeds from growing into the garden bed.
  3. Use a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil. Start at one end of the garden bed and work your way to the other end, working in rows. Insert the garden fork or tiller into the soil and twist it back and forth to loosen the soil.
  4. Once you have loosened the soil, use a rake to remove any remaining debris or large clumps of soil.
  5. Add compost or other organic matter to the soil. This will help to improve soil fertility and structure. Spread a layer of compost or other organic matter over the soil, and then use a rake to mix it into the soil.
  6. Smooth the soil with a rake or hoe. This will help to create a level surface for planting.


Turning over a garden bed is an essential task for maintaining a healthy garden. By following these simple steps, you can improve soil drainage and aeration, remove weeds, and prepare the soil for new plants. So, get out there and start turning over your garden bed today!

Ready to be proud of your garden?

Ensure your lawn never goes hungry with our personalised feeding plan. Delivered through you letterbox exactly when you need it.

  • Get Started
  • Performance Lawn Feed

    Ensure your lawn never goes hungry again

    • Liquid lawn feed for super easy, precise application
    • Year round performance with only six annual feeds
    • See visible results in just three days!