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Winter Weather Delays Gardening Season


April showers are said to bring May flowers, but with a long winter will they this year?

While the first week of April is traditionally when some sort of work can begin outside, that's not the case this year. The President of LandArt Landscaping and Gardening Center in Wausau tells NewsChannel 7 they're running about two weeks behind this growing season. They just planted their first set of perennials in the greenhouse this week. Not to worry though, the plants will be ready by the time the weather changes. Plus, they'll be even stronger because they weren't rushed.

"You may see plants out on a parking lot now, well that was pre-scheduled," President of LandArt Paul Jones explained. "Those plants are not going to be real happy or healthy by the time the growing season comes."

Jones says LandArt won't start stocking annuals until the season is right to put them outside. He says that way they won't be charging customers to heat the annuals during the cold.

If you just can't wait to get gardening, there are some things you can do right now. The biggest of which is planting your seeds indoors. If you do start your seeds in doors, Jones says the ideal temperature for plants to grow is 38 degrees ambient and 55 degrees at the roots.


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