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Transform Your Window Wells Into Gardens

If you live in a basement apartment or don’t have much outdoor space, take advantage of the space inside of your window wells. Depending on the square footage you have outside, the area inside your window wells may be valuable. You probably don’t have the space to plant rows of corn or large trees or bushes; you probably have space for a few smaller planter pots of your favorite herbs, flowers, and other plants.

Continue reading to learn more about transforming your window wells into beautiful gardens below.

Sunlight

The amount of sunlight your window well gets each day will determine the type of flowers and plants you will be able to grow successfully. Depending on the location of your wells, they may get some sun throughout the day and shade the rest of the day. If this sounds like your wells, here are some partial-shade plants that could work in your windows:

  • Herbs, like basil, thyme, dill, cilantro, mint, chives, and parsley, prefer a couple of hours of morning light and shade the rest of the day.
  • Leopard Plant — A striking shade perennial that, depending on the species, has spiky or daisy-like flowers.
  • Green and Gold — True to its name, this ground cover boasts delicate canary yellow flowers during the early spring with quilted green leaves.

If your window wells are in the shade all day long, you’re still in luck! Your shady wells can still be colorful spaces, just as long as you plant shade-loving plants that will thrive without direct sunlight. Here’s a list of full-shade plants to consider:

  • Yellow Bleeding Heart — Enjoy months of yellow flowers and bluish-green foliage.
  • Indian Pinks — Attract hummingbirds with these red flowers with yellow centers.
  • Dwarf Chinese Astilbe — These purple and pink spiky flowers will keep you smiling all spring and summer long.
  • Hardy Begonias — Enjoy the delicate flowers of begonias but in a strong, hardy version.

Other Helpful Tips

Here are a few other tips and tricks for gardening in your window well:

  • During winter months, add a clear window well cover to create a greenhouse for a year-round garden.
  • If winter is too daunting, place your flowers and plants in pots that you can bring inside.
  • Ensure your plants have proper drainage to avoid root rot, and since window wells already have drains installed, it’s the perfect place.
  • If you lack a green thumb (don’t feel bad—many people do!), all is not lost. You can still enjoy some greenery without the real deal. Instead, pot some decent looking faux flora in your window wells and relish the look without the work.

Keep Safety in Mind

It’s important to remember that egress windows are meant to supply an additional way out in an emergency and required by code. Keep a clear path and emergency ladder in place in case you need a quick way out.

Contact Windowell Expressions

If you want to beautify your window wells, even more, contact the window well experts at Windowell Expressions. We supply homeowners in the Salt Lake City area with beautiful solutions to ugly window wells like well liners, covers, and foundation liners. Give your window wells the makeover they deserve with Windowell Expressions.

How To Secure Your Basement Windows From Break-Ins

Your house is home to your most valuable items. There, you keep your family, your heirlooms, cars, electronics, and much more. Protecting these precious things from danger or theft is important, and many people’s number one priority. While basements are a convenient part of your home, they also tend to invite intruders. Securing your basement windows will keep you, your loved ones, and your valuables safe.

Continue reading to learn how you can secure your basement windows and protect your home, family members, and beloved belongings.

Keep Wells Visible

Window wells that are easily visible and not hidden by landscaping are less likely to be targeted by intruders. Avoid planting large bushes and other flora around your wells to keep them exposed. Instead, keep the landscaping around your window wells simple and small. If your home does have bushes near basement windows, keep them well-trimmed and maintained.

Utilize a Security System

Keep the vulnerable places of your home, such as basement windows, safe with a home monitoring system. Cameras, motion sensors, and window alarms work well to deter unwanted visitors. If the sight of these items doesn’t scare the thief away, the sound of the alarm likely will. Additionally, place a sticker or sign with your security company’s logo and information on windows and doors to inform intruders of your home’s system.

Put Away Your Valuables

A thief considers valuables in plain sight their unofficial invitation to break into your home. Put your essential belongings and expensive items away or use window coverings like curtains or blinds to block them from view. Of course, hiding your TV and sound system isn’t so easy, but make you put away your family’s laptops, watches and jewelry, and cash and wallets.

Outdoor Lighting

Make sure the outside of your house is well lit. Having floodlights installed in otherwise dark areas is an effective deterrent as most burglars prefer to work in the dark, and will target homes that are not well lit. If you do not wish to have a light on all the time, consider a motion-detecting light that switches on automatically when it senses movement. Motion sensor lights will not only scare off an unwanted visitor, but they will also alert you to suspicious activity outside. 

Install Window Well Covers

Window well covers are not typically thought of to help increase security because of all the other benefits window well covers offer. While most covers may not prevent burglars from breaking in, they do act as a deterrent and will slow down the burglar and may make them think twice before breaking in. For additional protection, you can install a window well cover lock to increase your home’s security.

Contact Windowell Expressions

Protect your home, loved ones, and belongings with window well covers from Windowell Expressions. Our well covers are made from quality materials that are strong, long-lasting, and look great! Whether you need standard or custom-sized covers, we have exactly what you need. Contact the window well cover experts at Windowell Expressions today to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation.