disaster flower bed + bad gardener
I have a large "flower bed" area in my front yard that I just don't know how to prep/maintain. Currently, there are 3 small shrubs and a few small lillys planted there.
The big problem: the past owners used gravel as the mulch. I've raked it back to prepare to plant; there is too much of it to get rid of - I don't know how to create a barrier for weeds, etc.
Admittedly, I am not a talented or patient gardener and do not have time to perform a lot of maintenance.
Additionally, when my yard was last mowed (I'm assuming) debris blew into the "bed" are and weeds/crab grass, etc spread like wildfire.
I know what plants to plant, and have already purchased them - I need advice on how to quickly and effectively get the grass/weed problem under control. I look forward to any advice!