Yard Work

How to Create a Rose Garden Patio

Customer Nina B. was looking to revive the lower part of her garden and backyard by planting a rose garden, but the area needed quite a bit of work. Rather than spend the afternoon on her hands and knees and giving herself back-aches, she hired an OddJobber to take care of the dirty work. 

Project Outline:


Customer Nina B. was looking to revive the lower part of her garden and backyard by planting a rose garden, but the area needed quite a bit of work. Rather than spend the afternoon on her hands and knees and giving herself back-aches, she hired an OddJobber to take care of the dirty work. 


This is a perfect weekend DIY project for anyone looking to bring some life to their house, yard, or garden during the spring. It looks so beautiful when it’s done as is the perfect outdoor project for someone on a budget. 



Total Estimated Cost: 


Total Time Spent: 4 hours


Cost of Labor:

  • $18.50 per hour = $74.00 total


What you need to buy beforehand:

  • Roses
  • Soil


Tools required:

  • Shovel / Spade
  • Trowel


How to do it:


  • Step 1: 
  • Clear the ground
  • Over the winter, this customer laid down newspaper over the dirt to prevent weeds from sprouting up. While it didn’t stop everything, it sure helped prevent most weeds from growing and made the prep for this rose garden project a lot faster. The first step this OddJobber did was remove all the newspaper from the ground and pulled all the weeds. There were a few large rocks in the way, so he made sure to clear those. Your goal is to get down to bare soil!




  • Helpful tip: 
  • When you're pulling weeds or picking up garbage, put your trash bag in a small bin, bucket, or hamper. This way, you don’t have to carry around a bag with you and worry about it blowing away in the wind. If you’re raking leaves, it makes it easier and more efficient to dump leaves into.







  • Step 2: 
  • Remove or be wary or any water lines:
  • This depends on your property and what you already have in place, but make sure there’s no water lines where you plan on digging. It’s much easier to check for water lines than it is to replace broken ones.


  • Step 3: 
  • Dig
  • Remove enough soil to be able to plant your rose bushes. It’s recommended that you dig a hole slightly wider and deeper than the plants root ball. If you are buying them pre-potted from a home goods store, then dig slightly larger than the container it came in. 
  • On this project specifically, because the roses were going in a ring around the concrete square, the OddJobber dug the same depth all the way around the flower bed. 




  • Step 4:
  • Lay out your plants:
  • Before you start putting any soil on top of your plants, lay them out to visualize how it will look. It’s much easier to make changes now before they are fully planted. 



  • Step 5:
  • Mix in new soil and plant:
  • Depending on where you’re located, you may want to add fresh soil to give your roses the best chance to grow. You can pick up a bag of soil from almost any home goods store for between $4.00 and $10.00. 






  • Step 6: 
  • Spray down surrounding areas and new soil to clean
  • The final touch to this job is just clean up. Sweep all the remaining dirt into the flower beds and hose down the area to clean it up. You want the area around your new flowers to look just as nice as the flowers themselves.