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Lawn and garden businesses see a boost as people look to get outdoors

Who’s up for some gardening?

While a lot of businesses have been negatively impacted by the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 – the garden industry is seeing a bit of a boom.

“It used to be that people will come in and buy two or three packets of seeds, now we have people come in and spend $100 to $150 on seed packets,” Wayside Garden Center Rochester owner Len Sorbello told News10NBC.

He says they have seen an increase in sales; and given that their business is considered essential the future looks bright.

“We have our own greenhouses, so we’re actually germinating and transplanting our own vegetable plants,” Sorbello added.

With more people staying at home it’s provided an opportunity for them to work on their gardens.

“The food has to be grown,” Sorbello continued. “It’s an educational process, and hopefully it’s something that stays with them for the rest of their life and some of these outdoor and gardening habits become permanent.”



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