We have raised beds in our garden. We have clay soil, and having raised beds allowed us to bring in some nice top soil and lots of organic matter to have a nice soil for our garden with less work on our soil. I have also noticed that the weeds have been kept at bay because they don't get blown up into the raised beds as easily. The soil doesn’t get packed down as much because you have very distinct walking paths and you can sit on the side of the bed to weed and take care of the beds without getting in the growing area. Lastly, they add a nice organized look to your garden.