Colder temperatures negatively affecting area landscaping, gardening businesses

On the first day of Spring, colder temperatures may be having an impact on landscaping and gardening businesses.

Eagle Creek Nursery has seen less people, stopping by.

“Most of us would expect a lot more walk-in retail traffic than we’ve had the last couple of weeks and certainly more than we had a year ago,” Rob Darmer said.

Darmer is the treasurer at Eagle Creek Nursery. He said they have received landscaping calls even though it does not feel like Spring.

“It is a bit frustrating. We’re normally used to being a fair amount busier right now than what we have been,” Darmer said.

This time last year, it was about 50 degrees warmer. Darmer said plants that are dormant without any green leaves or flowers should be okay the next couple of days despite frigid temperatures.

“Trees and shrubs – about any of them are safe to be planted right now, (but) more tender things like perennials, summer flowering bulbs (aren’t). It’s a bit early for those,” Darmer said.

If you recently bought a plant at a garden center, Darmer suggested temporarily putting it inside your garage. If you recently planted any trees, shrubs or plants, you should place a layer of mulch to protect them from the cold. You can add mulch to any flower buds showing too.

“Its been frustrating this year because of the weather,” David Schwartz said.

Schwartz has been gardening for 17 years. He is eager to plant his garden. He added mulch, but will not plant any flowers around his yard until it gets warmer.

“You know, you don’t know what to do. Like I said before, it’s frustrating because I want to get out here and do this, but I can’t do it because of the weather,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz typically plants thousands of flowers around his garden.

“So, I think the Spring flowers are going to be a little bit late this year,” Schwartz said.


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