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Businesses gearing up for spring


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The first day of spring is less than a week a way, and some businesses says they’re ready for a change of seasons.

River City Lawnscape in Holmen has been checking equipment to make sure it’s ready to go, and making sure customers have responded to maintenance agreements.

Owner Drew Gronholz said last spring crews didn’t get started until the third week in April, which was one of the latest starts ever.

“It made for a shorter season than normal, so we usually plan for a start date around the first of April, so anything close to that would be fantastic,” said Gronholz.

Gronholz said he’s looking forward to spring.

“Seeing green, and I mean from a grass standpoint, leaves on trees, just things looking alive,” said Gronholz.

Bittersweet Flower Market in La Crosse has been getting ready since right after Christmas.

Owner and manager Jeff Kleven said they’ve been doing some pre-spring cleaning to get ready for new merchandise that’s coming in over the next couple of months.

“It’s probably my favorite time of the year, because the greenhouse is so beautiful, it’s warm and comfortable. It’s been very warm the last couple of days here. One day it was 91 degrees in here, so I kind of felt like I was back in Florida,” said Kleven.

Kleven also said some customers have a case of spring fever.

“A lot of people have been coming in during this warm weather, because they just can’t stand it any longer, and they go we have to have some flowers, we have to have some greenery in our house,” said Kleven.


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