Businesses Anxiously Await Warmer Weather

Updated: 04/04/2014 7:20 PM
Created: 04/04/2014 5:43 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- After this latest snowfall, it seems everybody is wondering if this winter will ever end.

But perhaps no one is looking forward to warm weather more than the businesses that depend on it.

At Berg's Nursery in Austin, the snow really doesn't delay their plant sales.

"The average last frost for us in our area is May 10th through the 15th,” said owner Randy Berg. “So we still have a ways to go before it's really safe to plant outdoors."

But the continued cold is hurting another part of their business: landscaping.

"We like to get out and get some landscapes cleaned up and do some early planting if possible, but we'll just have to wait,” Berg said. “The conditions just have to be right before you can get out and do those things."

Berg said until the ground thaws out, they simply can't start on some of their bigger projects.

"Patios, retaining walls, different kinds of structures that go up, the frost has to be out before they can be built to last,” Berg said.

But at Meadow Greens Golf Course in Austin, the owner said the ground is in shape, but it's the moisture from the snow that is holding things back.

"As far as the golf business goes, if you can get out early, that's the only way you can have a really good season,” said owner Mike Grinstead. “A late fall doesn't help you any."

Grinstead he knows his regulars are anxious to get out on the course.

"Everybody's got a lot of cabin fever from being stuck inside and haven't seen their neighbors for the last six months,” Grinstead said. “So I think everybody's ready to get out."

But with a little help from the sun, Grinstead thinks everything should be back on track very soon.

"As of today I'm still sure we're going to open next week. I walked the course Monday and everything was really good,” Grinstead said. “We just need a couple drying days, and next week Tuesday and Wednesday look pretty good, so by the weekend I think we'll be clicking."