Gardeners get to work on their yards

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Lots of people fire up their grills to kick off summer Memorial Day and as 22News found out Monday, it’s also a day people like to put their shovels in the ground.

The cold weather is officially behind us and brightly colored flowers are in bloom.

“What color do you want, what’s your favorite color, I like yellow flowers and daisies,” said West Springfield’s Sherry Descoteaux.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer and people at the 16 Acres Garden Center were filling up their cars with fresh flowers and plants to spruce up their yards.

“It’s because it’s like the beginning of the summer, you know, the start of getting some things done and having fun, and this is a start so I’ll have fresh veggies all year,” said Springfield’s Lee Turner.

Experts say the conditions this weekend were perfect to get caught up on yard work and now’s a good time to plan out the rest of the season.

“You want to get your fertilizer, your plant material this time of year, make sure you’re on your lawn with the right lawn fertilizers at the right step, also make sure you’re watering all your plant material, not overdoing it, but enough to thrive,” said Andy Grondalski, manager at 16 Acres Garden Center.

While it is a good weekend to get outside, the true meaning of Memorial Day was not lost on these gardeners.

East Longmeadow’s Renee Sarnelli said she was picking up a few extra flowers for those who have served our country.

“I am going to put flowers on my dads grave, yes. It’s just really near and dear to my heart and its special, and they’ve done so much for us and our country and they really deserve it,” Sarnelli said.

Experts say this is a great time of year to plant annuals, trees and shrubs.

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