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Each spring, choosing hanging flowers is one of the first things I do. It seems like I wait all winter for the warmer weather to arrive. In zone 4, our last frost date is generally right around Memorial Day. So, each spring, on Memorial Day weekend, I visit our local farmer’s market to buy hanging flowers for the front of our house. We have five windows across the front of our house, and I love the way the house looks when there are flowers hanging from each window. Last year, I spent quite a bit of money on hanging flowers that didn’t end up looking that great by the end of the summer because I didn’t keep these things in mind when choosing them.
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Choosing Hanging Flowers
If you’re like me, you may have been choosing hanging flowers based on color or the style of the planter. Don’t do that. There’s a lot more to consider when choosing hanging flowers than what your favorite flower or favorite color is.
- Sunlight – If you’re like me, your house has one-half that gets full sun and one-half that gets mostly shade. What that means is that you may need to pick different flowers for different windows. While Verbena likes full sun, Begonias do not.
- Compact or Hanging – Do you have something below the hanging flowers like shrubs or bushes, or would you like the hanging flowers to trail over the side of the pot or basket? Wave Petunias will trail over the side of the basket as they grow, but Begonias will not. Decide before you buy.
- Type of Pot – Different types and colors of pots will require more or less watering. Be certain that whatever type of pot you choose it has holes in the bottom for water to drain in the case of a downpour. Plastic is the cheapest choice, but not the best for the environment unless you plan on reusing them year after year. Hanging baskets are often a more environmentally friendly option but may dry out faster.
- Watering – Spending money on hanging flowers and then forgetting to water them so they die is not a good choice. Trust me. I’ve done this more times than I want to admit. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you, or buy self-watering pots.
- Hanging – Be sure that your baskets are hung properly from your home. Don’t try to support a twenty-pound hanging basket with a nail or a cup hook. Buy a plant hanger that’s rated for the amount of weight you need to support and secure it properly using a Worx Switchdriver Cordless Drill and Driver.
The Worx Switchdriver is a cordless drill and an impact driver all in one. The Switchdriver features rotating dual chucks that can be loaded with a combination of drilling and driving bits. The two basic functions of a cordless drill are drilling holes and driving screws. This hybrid cordless drill features two ¼ inch chucks that rotate 180 degree clockwise or counterclockwise with the push of a button. You can easily switch from drilling a hole to screwing in a screw easily.
Pro tip: Screw the screw into the surface FIRST.Then back it out and re-screw it into the bracket SECOND. It’s much easier that way.
I have arthritis in one hand so simple DIY projects using a screwdriver aren’t so simple any longer. I have wanted to add more hanging baskets to the front of our house but didn’t want to have to try to screw in the screws by hand. The Switchdriver is compact and lightweight for better control, and the rotating dual chucks make switching between bits fast and easy.
I love that the Worx Switchdriver is cordless and rechargeable. It’s so inconvenient to have to worry about the cord getting in the way or finding a nearby outlet to plug into. Plus, the Worx Switchdriver Cordless Drill and Driver comes with 2 powerful and lightweight MaxLithium batteries. It made adding a few more hanging plant hooks so much easier. It comes with a 3 Year Warranty & 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.