BLUF: When preping to renovate or cut in a new bed, should the bed area be at the lawn level or a bit below?
I'm getting our new house's lawn and landscaping back into shape. The beds are nearly non existent and need an overhaul. My biggest concern about them at this point is the grade away from the house. It needs to be filled in, and I'm in the process of doing that. Also, drainage is a slight issue. So, my question: do I build it all up to the lawn level then mulch directly on top? Or should it be a few inches below? Would I ramp up to the foundation with dirt a few inches?
I plan to have a natural edge, with a trench, "Pete from GCI Turf" style for reference, but with black mulch.
I can attach a few pictures if that will help make more sense.