Warm Weather Means Start To Spring Projects

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HONESDALE -- Businesses that rely on the growing season getting started are thrilled to see spring temperatures finally arrive in our area.

With temperatures soaring to 70 degrees Tuesday, we found people out all over Wayne County beginning outdoor projects.  And some businesses sure are glad to see it.

Signs of spring are all over Honesdale. The post-winter projects have begun: from the guy planting grass seed in a front lawn near the courthouse, to a woman down the street touching up the paint on a front porch, to the custodian outside a church sweeping away winter's mess.

"It's been very cold and we've had snow piled up until last week it finally disappeared.  Couldn't get anything done until the snow was gone," said Scott Leet.

Mark Lopatofsky at Honesdale Agway says the place has been waiting for winter to finally give up so customers start thinking spring and buying for spring.

"It was slow. There was just way too much winter, way too long and it finally, weather broke over the weekend and our parking lot is starting to fill up now," Lopatofsky said.

"Oh, it feels like we can breathe again, it's really nice," said Ginny Morgan. She has been anxious to get into her gardens in Greentown for weeks.

"I've been watching the weather and reading and planting what I'm going to put in the ground," Morgan said.  "This is the day to start!"

Even a 101-year-old customer came with a helper to get some things to plant.

"While it's finally great that we got some warm weather, business has really really, picked up.  Everybody is out, wanting to get their lawns cleaned up and they're coming to Agway for all their products," Lopatofsky added.

At Diehl's lawn service, Bob Diehl was doing the final repairs on his equipment. He hoped to get out doing lawn cleanup work in the afternoon.

With this burst of warm weather, busy season for him is here.

"I tell everyone I work half days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week," said Diehl. "That's just about to start."