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Get Inspired | May 21, 2020

Get Your Yard Ready For Growing Season

Ready to start gardening? Before you do, you’ll need to clean up what Old Man Winter left behind. Our premium line of 40V Brushless Outdoor Equipment gives you the extra power and runtime you need to conquer your entire yard.
Pictured: 40V 15" String Trimmer Kit-Attachment Capable (HLST021), 40V 24" Hedge Trimmer Kit (HLHT011)
All HART 40V power tools use the same rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Just charge it up, slide it in and away you go. See our Lawn & Garden Buyer’s Guide for more details. As always, we recommend wearing safety glasses when operating power tools.
Pictured: 40V 2.5Ah Lithium-Ion Battery (HLBP011)

How to Build a Flower Bed

Cleanup is done, it’s time to start the garden. If you’re building one from scratch, we first suggest taking a stroll around the yard. Take notes as you go along. Is the garden area you’re considering sunny, shady or a combination of both? Where’s the nearest water source? Are there any underground utility lines? Your answers to these questions are important because they’ll help guarantee that your garden beds bloom beautifully. Sketch out the size and shape of the bed—also think about the color, shape, size, texture and height of the plants you want to use.
 

How to Plant Garden Flowers

  1. Start with good soil. Add compost and work it to a depth of 6 inches, making sure the soil is loose and well drained. Unlike a vegetable garden, perennial flowers don’t require much fertilizer, so use sparingly. 
  2. When planting potted plants, dig a hole around the same level as the soil in the pot. Avoid digging soil when wet to prevent compaction. Plants need loose soil for roots to grow. A general rule is to space small perennials 6-12 inches apart, 2-3-foot-tall perennials 12-18 inches apart and taller perennials 18-36 inches apart. 
    • Note: Flower seeds are different than potted plants, so follow the directions on the seed packet.
  3. Water deeply and add mulch. Depending on where you live, flowers generally need 1-2 inches of water per week. It’s best to water deeply and infrequently—overwatering may cause root rot.
  4. Fresh cut blooms make stunning bouquets. Also remember to pinch or cut off spent flowers to encourage re-blooming.
PRO-TIP: When buying flowers, both annuals and perennials, look for plants that are full of buds, not blooms. Flowering plants will be gone in a week or so and you’ll have to wait for a new round of blooms.

Ever thought about building a raised garden bed? It’s easy with our DIY project plans, just click here Raised Garden Bed.
 

How to Properly Plant Window Boxes

Nothing is more beautiful or charming than window boxes overflowing with flowers and greenery. 
 
If you need new window boxes, Walmart has a wide assortment to choose from. 
 
Planting Tips:
  • Fill bottom of boxes with empty milk cartons or pine cones
  • Use potting soil with fertilizer rather than heavy top soil
  • Before planting, arrange flowers on top of the soil until you’re happy with how it looks
  • Plant flowers close together, so they overflow with beautiful color, include trailing plants for added drama
PRO-TIP: If your window boxes are exposed to afternoon heat and rays, line the interior with a thick corrugated board before filling with soil to promote root growth.

Relax, spring cleanup is so much easier when you #DoItWithHART. Happy gardening y’all!
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