Stateliners Start Gearing Up for Spring


STATELINE (WIFR) – Now that the warmer weather seems to be sticking around, many of us are finally heading to area greenhouses to start our spring planting.

“He can’t wait to start mowing once the grass comes up,” said Sherry Block a Rockford Garden Shopper.
Thoughts like these have crossed the minds of many Stateliners as the final piles of snow melt away. Weeks behind last year, signs of spring are finally showing up. Flowers are blooming giving many spring fever.

However, one store owner says customers aren’t sure what to plant with unforeseen cold temperatures. It’s a valid concern as freezing temperatures are normal through the end of April, but there are plenty of things that you can start planting now.

“Pansies if you’re looking for color. Possibly soon you can start planting cold weather crops such as cabbage, broccoli, and those kinds of plants,” said David Ott, the president of Rock Valley Garden Center.
Ott says it is still too early to plant tender annuals and most vegetables. Those can be planted towards the end of the month once the chance of frost is gone.

Spring isn’t just a time for planting. It’s also a time for outside building projects.

“A lot of contractors coming into the store, trying to quote out different projects they have going on,” said Nick Zepeda a Home Depot Account Sales Associate.

Due to many projects being delayed from ice and snow, Rockford home improvement stores are expecting a busier than normal spring.

The cold weather has also delayed the spring bug population from emerging. While this is good news for us, it has left many birds struggling to find food.


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