DE PERE - Ah, the hum of the landscaper's engines: Music to the ears of waiting homeowners, itching for spring.
With more warm and dry weather expected this weekend, many people will be out grooming their yards into shape.
"We were anxious a month or so ago to have a nice lawn. So it's nice to have no snow at this time and finally see some green grass," said Darin Spindler of De Pere.
But not every lawn is sprouting up the perfect shade of spring green after the long, wet winter.
"We're seeing a lot of snow mold on it. Just get in there, rake everything out, rake the snow mold out, which is just going to help the grass grow that much faster," said Michael Haupt, general manager of Lakeland Lawn Care.
Landscapers with Lakeland Lawn Care say they have to make fast work this weekend as service calls have flooded in.
"Everybody's chomping at the bit to get out there, just started this week to get things going, and you know hopefully people are going to get out, get their yards raked up and get everything ready to go," said Haupt.
After things are raked, lawn care experts say it's time to apply the fertilizer.
For those do-it-yourself types, hardware and home stores say they are well stocked with top soil, mulch, and everything else you'll need to put on your lawn.
"It's selling quite well since we put it out. It's one of those things were it's been a long time, long winter," said Kelly Schattl.
Schattl owns this True Value hardware in De Pere. He says his spring lawn sales are three weeks behind.
"We were selling snow blowers and ice melt in the beginning of April, which we've never done before," said Schattl.
Now that the snow piles are gone, those who care for lawns say the grass is always greener, when you take a little time to prep it for the warm weather ahead.
While some of your neighbors may be out cutting their lawns already, landscapers we spoke with say it's best to wait a week or two, so larger growth can happen.
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