Prep Your Garden for the New Season

Spring’s arrival marks a fresh beginning and for Gerstad Builders, it’s the perfect time to celebrate new chapters in our homebuyers’ lives! As your trusted builder, we understand the joy of creating a space that reflects your unique personality and brings you closer to nature. Let’s extend that celebration outdoors and plant a vibrant garden for your home!

Grab your gloves and explore these top spring tips and tricks to plant the best blooms and transform your outdoor area into a radiant oasis:

Planting Paradise in the Midwest

close up of red geraniums growing in a garden

To introduce eye-catching pops of color, try introducing bright buds to your garden space. Popular choices include marigolds, petunias, zinnias, geraniums, snapdragons, cosmos, alyssum, salvia, dahlia and nasturtiums! These bloom selections add variety to your home’s overall exterior palette, as well as spring your home into a new season.

Incorporate lush greenery with hostas and ferns. Heuchera offers beautiful foliage in various shades, while a Japanese maple offers a touch of sophistication. Coleus provides radiant color without blooms, and lamb’s ear brings a soft, textured element. Caladiums offer stunning patterned leaves, while fountain grass inserts a whimsical touch. Silver mound artemisia and Hakone grass complete the picture with unique textures and forms. To introduce eye-catching pops of color, try introducing bright buds to your garden space to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Bring fresh produce straight from the garden to your table! For gardening beginners, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and squash are greating starting points and perfect for delicious summer meals. Beans, lettuce, spinach, radishes and carrots can also enhance your menu’s variety and homegrown goodness.

From Patch to Sanctuary

two patio chairs and a table with orange cushions in a patio space

Once your garden is flourishing, elevate your outdoor area with tasteful décor to craft a personal haven. Invest in comfortable furniture to create a relaxing retreat where you can unwind and savor your blossoming oasis. Define pathways with gravel or stones for a polished look and easy navigation.

Showcase your personality with unique art sculptures or whimsical birdbaths. Install arbors and trellises to create vertical interest and support climbing plants. String up lighting to transform your green space into a magical evening retreat, perfect for relaxing under the stars.

Hang bird feeders and baths to attract feathered friends and establish a lively atmosphere in your patch. Arrange themed wreaths for a touch of seasonal charm, and add pops of color with rugs that define seating areas. Colorful hanging baskets overflowing with cascading flowers introduce a touch of magic to your patio or porch.

Celebrate Spring with Local Festivals

basket of strawberries in a strawberry field during a spring festival garden tips

Immerse yourself in the festive spirit of spring by attending some of the vibrant local celebrations happening near your Gerstad Built home:

  • Poplar Grove: Celebrate the reopening of the Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum this spring and unlock thrilling exhibits, neighborhood barbecues every four Saturday of the month, education and more.
  • Williams Bay: On May 26 and 27, head to Fontana, WI, for the Spring into Summer Celebration, which features delicious food, live music and a classic car show.
  • McHenry: Celebrate all things strawberry at Stade’s Farm & Market! Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., pick your crop of this year’s delicious berries, vegetables, baked goods, flowers and more.

Searching for more ways to transition your home into a new season? Peruse our online blog to uncover top 2024 design trends, outdoor décor tips and ideas to fill up your summer calendar!

Visit our Find a Home page to discover new home opportunities in McHenry, Williams Bay and Poplar Grove. Follow along on social media to envision a future with Gerstad Builders!

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