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Mulch? They’re still buying snow shovels at local hardware stores

In fact, winter weather supplies have remained a big seller, even into April, at M&M Hardware in Steubenville.

Usually by the beginning of April, things like mulch and flower seeds are flying off the shelves at hardware stores.

But with snow, rain and heavy winds, all in the last week, people say their spring planting plans have gotten a little delayed.

This time last year, I had everything done by this point,” said Jodi Westling, of Wintersville. “This year, I have nothing done. The ground is still partly frozen. It's a muddy mess. You really can't do anything right now.”

This extended winter has put a lot of people behind when it comes to their lawns and gardens. In fact, winter weather supplies have remained a big seller, even into April, at M&M Hardware in Steubenville.

“We have been selling shovels later than normal,” said Ann Campbell, co-owner of M&M. “We put them away, and then we brought them back out, just a few of them. We kept salt out a little bit longer this year. We've been selling heaters.”

The cold and precipitation has forced Steubenville's Joe Trombetta to stay inside, but at least he's still able to knock a few things off his "to-do" list.

“I just end up painting in the house,” he said. “I've been asked to get all the trim done and certain walls, so that's what I'm doing.”

While the crew at M&M has tried to make it look like spring, at least inside, that hasn't helped much with the weather outside.

“I put out some of spring flowers and stuff like that, and they're like, ‘oh we can't wait for it to come, we're so excited,’” she said. “Then the snow comes and they're like, ‘you put that out a little too early.’”

But after what seems like a 3-month long February, many agree it's time for better weather.

With some snow in the forecast this weekend, those hopes for spring might be getting pushed back just a little bit longer.

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