how to make a new planting bed?
Just purchased a house and the yard is a blank slate. I have an area that is 70 feet by 4 feet between the driveway and lovely brick fence to plant. My sister has 100 iris (variety of colors) and loads of daylilies to share with me in Sept. I need to get this bed ready and it is strictly grass and a few monkeygrass plants. The area gets sun from 12 noon - 6-7 pm. Also, would love some ideas about what else to plant! I would like to cluster the iris together in groups, then place herbs and blooming flowers in next year. Don't want to hide the fence it is so lovely, and there is plenty of gorgeous evergreen on the backside with magnolias and arborvitea/leyland cypress.
How should I prep the bed. Grab the weed killer and kill the grass? Should I get someone to scoop off the top layer and dump more good dirt on top?