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Published May 01, 2013, 03:47 PM

Late spring makes for slow gardening business

The late spring means a sales slump for some local businesses. Nursery and garden center employees say customers are coming in to have a peek, but not quite buying up outdoor supplies just yet.

The late spring means a sales slump for some local businesses. Nursery and garden center employees say customers are coming in to have a peek, but not quite buying up outdoor supplies just yet.

Employees with All Seasons and Shea's Nurseries say last year's spring compared to this year's is about as extreme as it gets. Last year plants and flowers were flying off shelves starting in April. Now that May's here, they still suggest waiting a few weeks to start planting or landscaping. Nursery owners say they've prepared for sales to be lower than last year's.

Darlene Shea: "Somewhat difficult because it pushes back your season. After six months of winter we're all really anxious to get out and get some color into our yards and into our lives. It's kind of slowed business down a little bit."

Shea recommends waiting to plant until Memorial weekend.

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