How to make the most of the warm weather with spring here


who is not happy spring to be here and warmer weather on my way?

What should be done to prepare for rising temperatures?

Where can we benefit from it?

When can these things be done and how?

Wow… so many questions!

Let’s try to consider some of the many questions that arise at this time of year.

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Marty and Donna Feliciano stand next to a selection of primroses and pansies in full bloom at their business, The Greenhouse Shoppe, in Wooster.

When is the best time to plant flowers?

Most flowers should be planted after the last spring frost date, which is typically May 15 in this region, according to Marty Feliciano of The Greenhose Shoppe in Wooster.

“But I’ve seen it as late as Memorial Day weekend some years,” said Feliciano, owner of Wooster Garden Center with his wife, Donna, of three decades.

This means May is the busiest time of year for The Greenhouse Shoppe and other area garden centers like Olive Branch Home & Garden in County Holmes between Millersburg and Berlin, as well as home improvement companies. who sell flowers like Farm & Home Hardware in Ashland.

“May is like Christmas for us,” Feliciano said.

The spring weeks before May are also very busy for garden centers and other places that sell flowers, as several types of flowers can then be planted, such as primroses, pansies and crocuses, to name a few. .

Olivia Schlabach hosts a display of some of the wide variety of perennials at Olive Branch Home & Garden on State Route 39 just east of Millersburg.
Bags of mulch for sale are stacked in the Farm & Home Hardware garden center in downtown Ashland on March 24.

Where is mulch available for sale?

Virtually all garden centers and home improvement companies will have mulch for sale outside their stores.

Another place to order it is from the Ashland High School wrestling team, which has sold it as a fundraiser for nearly 30 years.

The team even delivers the mulch, sometimes on April 22 and 23 this year. For anyone in the postcode 44805, delivery is free. For anyone outside of it, a flat fee of $20 is charged. Orders are expected before April 8. For more information, email [email protected] or follow the team on Facebook.

AHS Wrestling coach Sean Seder says the fundraiser, which typically brings in a few thousand dollars each year, helps the team pay for hotel stays and food for its biggest tournaments. of two days, as well as to buy warm-ups, jerseys, team equipment not only for high school wrestlers, but also for college and youth wrestlers.

“If we have leftovers, we plan to upgrade the wrestling room, such as a permanent wall clock, practice gear and championship banners,” Seder said.

Mulch helps maintain optimal soil temperatures by creating a barrier against heat and cold and reduces the amount of water that evaporates from the soil, greatly reducing the need to water your plants, according to several websites on the mulch.

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Brian Stoller, Sales Manager at Stoller Lawn & Garden, holds a battery for one of Stoller Lawn & Garden's battery-powered mowers.  He said the battery holds an hour of charge.

What is popular in lawn mowers?

“A lot of people are opting for battery-powered mowers,” said Brian Stoller, sales manager for Stoller Lawn & Garden in the Orrville area. “We stock more. EGO brand, self-propelled.”

No gas or oil, low maintenance, and reliability are some of the benefits of battery-powered mowers, Stoller said. And they don’t have cords like electric clippers, which have similar benefits.

Whatever mowers people need this year, they should probably buy them now instead of waiting until late spring, said Stoller, who added that due to supply issues, Stoller Lawn & Garden has a limited number of mowers for the season, but they have a wide variety. of mowers – not only the battery-powered ones, but also the gas-powered ones to push and drive.

A row of mowers at Stollers Lawn and Garden in Orrville.
Mary Pheneger, Director of Family Pools & Spas, is seen in the Ashland showroom Friday, March 25, 2022. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

How are the supply issues with pools and spas?

Ashland Family Pools & Spas store manager Mary Pheneger said her year’s biggest supply issues were related to pool shock, which are chemicals that destroy algae and bacteria in the water. Although there are price increases with most pool chemicals, she said shock costs have increased the most.

To avoid using a lot of shocks, Pheneger suggested people test their water, which Family Pools & Spas can do, to determine how much chemicals to start the season with to avoid problems later. Water testing is part of the company’s pool openings, which include removing winter covers, checking equipment such as heaters and adding chemicals, Pheneger said.

For the first time in years, Family Pools & Spas in Ashland has an adequate supply of chlorine for pool season, said store manager Mary Pheneger.

COVID and a huge fire at a pool chemical storage facility in Louisiana in 2021 caused severe chlorine supply issues until recently, Pheneger.

“We also have hot tubs; we haven’t exhibited them in almost two years,” Pheneger said. “We are doing inground pool installations again. As a business we have phased this out for the past few years due to understaffing and receiving items.”

Family Pools & Spas also has a location in Wooster. Thus, between the two stores, the company covers an area from Richland County to Holmes County.

A customer visits Farm & Home Hardware's ornate apartments in Ashland on Thursday, March 24, 2022. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM
Allen Snyder, owner of The Bikesmith in Ashland, assembles a new tire for a customer's bike at his South Street service shop on Thursday, March 24, 2022. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Who can help take advantage of the warmer weather ahead?

Allen Snyder is one. The one who owns The Bikesmith bike repair in Ashland.

Spring is one of the busiest times of the year for Snyder who performs bike tune-ups – cleaning and lubricating chains, checking all bike functions, fixing broken spokes, and more.

“Sometimes I can grab something before it becomes a problem,” said Snyder, who can also assemble bikes.

With bikes ready for warm weather, people can ride them on trails and in parks, golf courses, and other places where warm weather can be enjoyed.

Erin Mitchell watches her niece, Penny Mitchell, take a run at Christmas Run Park in Wooster.
A golfer is seen teeing off on the No. 8 tee at Brookside Golf Course on Thursday, March 24, 2022.

There are also places dogs can enjoy the warmer weather, especially those whose owners live in towns like Ashland (1261 County Road 1153), Orrville (440 N. Elm St.), and Wooster (427 Maple St. . in the City Schellin). Park), all of which have dog parks where residents can let their dogs run off-leash.

The Wooster Dog Park is located at Schellin Park at 427 Maple St,
The Brookside Community Dog Park is seen here Thursday, March 24, 2022. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM
The Orrville Dog Park is ready for visitors.

Whoa… it’s time to stop reading and start enjoying spring

The questions might go on and on…so get out there and start preparing and enjoying the warmer weather – because before you know it the cold will be back.

A long line of lawn mowers at Lowe's in Wooster are just waiting to kick the grass this summer.

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