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February 14, 2014

DIRT ON GARDENING: Manuevering through snow can be tough for garden centers

Count your blessings.

Be glad you are a buyer of flowers and not a greenhouse grower of flowers this year when it comes to dealing with all this snow.

Growing operations are beginning their year and the maneuvering has to be a nightmare for these growers — from greenhouse to greenhouse with pallets of growing medium, plastic pots and liners and most importantly the tender green plants.

We observe the mountains of snow in parking lots of big box stores and even our own drives and sidewalks and I think “how are these operations going to even maneuver.” Even tractors and “all-terrain” forklifts will find it extremely difficult dealing with moving these heavy pallet-loads without getting stuck.

I remember one year in particular at Everett’s Garden Center when we had an unusually heavy snow in February. It became too much for me to handle with our small tractor with a scoop (normally I could create a path and then dump buckets of snow over our fenced in area), so I needed outside help. A friend with large earth-moving equipment saved the day by creating a wide circling path around the interior of the fenced complex. Once that was achieved (and hopefully no more extreme snowfalls), I was able to keep up with any additional amounts.

Even though we had an all-terrain forklift, which I dearly loved, sometimes it became too much trying to get through some of the heavier snowfalls.

This French-made Manitou lift-truck with its rectangular/box shape was somewhat of a relic but perfect for our operation. The rear tires were waist/chest high with somewhat smaller tires on the front and had a capacity to lift 5,000 to 6,000 pounds. The maneuverability of this machine was outstanding and proved to be perfect for our small area.

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