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Winter weather affects spring business

Snowfall in April slows down business for landscaping stores.

Posted: Apr. 4, 2018 3:04 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Tuesday's not-so-spring weather impacts landscaping and gardening stores.

According to KIMT Storm Team 3, Rochester hasn't seen snow in April since 2016. This year's snow in April is leaving stores' greenhouses and outdoor patios full of snow, rather than full of flowers.

“Certainly we like to have sun and we like the sun to warm up the greenhouses so we don’t have to pump natural gas to keep them heated. ”Scott Moon, manager of Sargent’s on 2nd, said.

He said snow days in April can slow down the growth of plants in the greenhouses. And it can affect business.

”Whenever we get snow, whenever we get rain especially this time of year, the customer count just goes down to nothing. And as soon as the temperature swing goes it's just like ants coming to the ant hill,” Scott said.

He said for people who are antsy to start growing, they may be able to start now.

“Starting your seeds inside…most seeds are going to have to be inside between three to four weeks before they can be put outside,” he said. “

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