Clare County Landscaping Businesses Deal with Frost, Freeze Warnings

These frost and freeze conditions are rough on crops and plants, but they also take a toll on the businesses that specialize in yards and gardening.

"We do get a lot of customers that come in afterward and say, ‘Well I protected my plants’ and then a day later they turn brown or dry up," says Elm Creek Ltd. owner Michael Jenkins.

Places like Elm Creek in Farwell say frost and freezes in may are something they’re no longer surprised by.

"You could expect anything from rain to snow to sleet and back to sunshine. Weather plays a big portion in our business, but it’s part of what we have to deal with and over the years we’ve learned to cope with it pretty well," says Jenkins.

Fewer people will be gardening in the cold, but Jenkins says it’s more important to be honest with customers.

"We like to be very careful and very forward with our customers. When we see them push a cart of annuals or plants that could be really effected by a frost, we like to let them know that if they intend on buying their flowers they need to protect them," says Jenkins.

Rainbow’s End Greenhouse says they started May with a successful Mother’s Day Weekend, but it’s slowed down since.

"The week following that was very slow in sales. We had people coming in and looking to see what we have, but just not buying anything. Just afraid of the frost the weather that was coming up," says owner Mary Mast.

Mast says she’s learned to be flexible with her customers in order to offset the back and forth weather.

"I let people pick out their baskets and I still take care of them. I let people bring their planters and we plant the flowers in them and I keep it in here for two weeks until they are ready to take them. So I do those little things to just kind of help keep the sales here," says Mast.

Both businesses say people tend to hold off on planting until Memorial Day.