How to best enjoy the warm weather with spring here

Who isn’t happy about spring being here and warmer weather on the way?

What needs to be done to prepare for the rising temps?

Where can it be enjoyed?

When can these things be done and how?

Whoa… so many questions!

Let’s try to look at a few of the many questions that come up this time of year.

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When is the best time to plant flowers?

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

“But I’ve seen that be as late as Memorial Day weekend some years,” said Feliciano, who has owned the Wooster garden center with his wife, Donna, for three decades.

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

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

The spring weeks leading up to May are pretty busy for garden centers and other places that sell flowers, too, as several types of flowers can be planted then, such as primroses, pansies and crocus to name a few.

Olivia Schlabach arranges 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 up in Farm & Home Hardware's garden center in downtown Ashland on March 24.

Where is mulch available for sale?

Pretty much any garden center and home improvement business will have mulch for sale outside their stores.

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

The team even delivers the mulch, sometime on April 22 and 23 this year. For anyone in the 44805 ZIP code, delivery is free. For anyone outside of it, a $20 flat fee is charged. Orders are wanted by April 8. For more information, email or follow the team on Facebook.

AHS Wrestling Coach Sean Seder said the fundraiser, which usually brings in a couple thousand dollars each year, helps the team pay for hotel stays and food for its bigger two-day tournaments, as well as help to buy warm-ups, singlets, team gear for not only the high school wrestlers but also for middle school and youth wrestlers.

“If we have any leftover, we plan to do some wrestling room upgrades like a permanent wall clock, workout gear and championship banners,” Seder said.

Mulch helps maintain optimal soil temperatures by creating a barrier from the 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 about mulch.

Ashland Arrow Wrestling Mulch SaleBrian 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 going to battery-powered mowers,” said Brian Stoller, sales manager at Stoller Lawn & Garden in the Orrville area. “We’re stocking more of that. EGO brand, self-propelled.”

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

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

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

How are supply issues with pools and spas?

Ashland Family Pools & Spas Store Manager Mary Pheneger said the main supply issues his year are with pool shock, which are chemicals that destroy algae and bacteria in the water. While there are price increases with most pool chemicals, she said shock costs have gone up the most.

To avoid using a lot of shock, Pheneger suggested people testing their water, which Family Pools & Spas can do, to determine how much chemicals to start the season with to help steer clear of troubles later. Water testing is part of the company’s pool openings, which include taking winter covers off, checking equipment like heaters and adding chemicals, Pheneger said.

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

COVID and a huge fire at a storage facility for pool chemicals in Louisiana in 2021 caused serious supply issues of chlorine until recently, Pheneger.

“We also have spas; we haven’t had them on display floor for almost two years,” Pheneger said. “We are doing in-ground pool installations again. As company we took that off the last few years due to lack of staffing and receiving items.”

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

A customer checks out the flower flats at Farm & Home Hardware in Ashland on Thursday, March 24, 2022. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COMAllen Snyder, owner of The Bikesmith in Ashland, puts together a new tire for a customer's bicycle at his South Street service shop on Thursday, March 24, 2022. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Who can help with enjoying the coming warmer weather?

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

Spring is one of the busiest times of the year for Snyder doing bike tune-ups — cleaning and lubing chains, checking all the bike’s functions, fixing any broken spokes, etc.

“Sometimes I can catch something before it becomes a problem,” said Snyder, who also can put bicycles together.

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

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

There also are places for dogs to enjoy the warmer weather, especially ones with owners who live in area cities like Ashland (1261 County Road 1153), Orrville (440 N. Elm St.) and Wooster (427 Maple St. in the city’s Schellin Park), which all have dog parks where residents can let their dogs run without leashes.

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

Whoa … time to stop reading and start taking advantage of spring

The questions could go on and on … so get outside and start preparing for 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 just waiting to kick some grass this summer.

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Mike Hunter

Mike is the owner of the local pool shop. He's been in the business for over 20 years and knows everything there is to know about pools. He's always happy to help his customers with whatever they need, whether it's advice on pool maintenance or choosing the right chemicals. He's also a bit of a pool expert, and is always happy to share his knowledge with anyone who's interested.

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