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Rain welcomed by weather related businesses


While this weekend's projected wet weather may hinder your plans outdoors, certain south Georgia businesses are counting on it.

Farmers, landscapers, and other growers rely on particular weather patterns to succeed.

But how is the recent inconsistent weather affecting profits?

One day it's hot and dry, the next it's cold and rainy.

And while spring is here in theory, is it really here?

"Cool nights and warm days do set up some problems sometimes for powdery mildew and things to get started for some of the plants from all of the moisture, but you can plant now pretty safely we hope," said NeSmith Nursery Manager Karen Crosby.

"Weather changing is going to impact everything. It's going to make plants and grass and things of that nature go in dormant when it's not supposed to or things that are supposed to be coming out of dormant, are going to come out too early," said Tractor Supply Manager Tony Reeves.

Reeves says while the conditions have not been perfect, his business is faring better now than it did during the drought.

"Grass is starting to grow. I'm selling lawn mowers. People are starting to plant seeds and things of that nature."

Crosby says her plants still lack a consistent combination of rain and sun.

"It's hard for us to grow plants in the greenhouse when we have days and days of cloudy weather. The plants just won't move and then it turns off warm and everybody has the fever and wanting to plant and the plants aren't ready."

Both Reeves and Crosby say while they always need the rain, there is such a things as too much.

"You can't plant because it's going to wash stuff away. It's going to erode and things of that nature. So absolutely too much rain can be just as bad as no rain," said Reeves.

"If they're potted pots with saucers under them, check and make sure you empty the water out. If it stays in there more than the day it'll get too wet and then they have a tendency to rot off," said Crosby.

Reeves says one thing he has noticed is a big rise in self sufficiency.

Because of the poor economy, more people are buying the items needed to raise and grow their own food.

Albany's record rainfall total for the month of February was more than 18 inches.

That is more than half a foot above the previous record for February.


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