Hatch Hacks: Liven Your Yard

Summer is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to spruce up your yard to make the most of your time outdoors! One inexpensive and powerful way to transform your yard is adding flowering plants. While most enjoy the colors and fragrances flowers bring, many shy away from the decisions and labor required. We have some tips and tricks to make this springtime task one you’ll enjoy this year!

First, don’t make this harder than it needs to be. Planting is one project where a little bit goes a long way. Start small with a pot or two on your front steps or select a small plot of your yard that would look great with a pop of color. Note the placement. Whether sun or shade, there are plenty of options for plants that will thrive, so long as you’re careful to choose a variety that will do well in the environment you have chosen. Hint: most labels clearly state how much sun is needed. Pay attention to this and you’re already on the road to success! 

The next big decision is whether to buy flowers in bloom or start from seed. With our shorter growing season here in the upper Midwest, plants that are ready to go are a must! Not only do you have the instant gratification, but you have a better idea of what the plants look like to ensure appealing spacing, color schemes and more. Many local greeneries have endless options: plants and flowers of every shape, size and color. Keep in mind the sun requirements mentioned before to help you narrow your options, then get creative! 

Our motto: variety is beauty. To create a flower pot or garden bed that looks like it came from a magazine, select a few types of plants with varying heights and colors, then create patterns with these. This will give your selection a unique look that still has order to it. 

Now all that’s left to do is plant, water and enjoy!