Businesses adjusting for winter weather threat

After weeks of spring-like temperatures, many assumed winter was over. But not so fast, says mother nature.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The potential for weekend snow has many in our community backpedaling after assuming the cold was over and that spring had arrived. 

Here's what you need to know for gardens at home: tomatoes, basil and lettuce all need to be covered with frost blankets or brought inside. 

Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage can handle more of the cold.

Emily Galloway at Blackhawk Hardware's Garden Center says ice would be bad, but snow can serve as insulation from cold temps.

"It would be in our best interest to actually get a little bit of snow before we had any super cold temperatures because it will probably save a lot of our annuals and vegetables," Galloway said.

Landscaping and lawn care companies like Metro Greenscape have been going back and forth on how to approach their work this week with the back and forth weather conditions ahead.

"Should we put this application down?" said Darin Brockelbank. "It's really a spring application, or is it winter?  So it becomes hard to know what weeds to treat, what to do, what not to do, because science changes overnight, and we were already on track for spring."

And golf courses have been loving these first two months of "winter"-- if you can even call it that-- but a weekend of snow could put that momentum to a halt. 

Still, Del Ratcliffe at the Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course says the ground here is warm enough to handle it.

"We're up well over 50% of what we'd normally do during that time frame," Ratcliffe said. "We'll take a bad weekend in March for the great weather we had all through January and February."

Believe it or not, some plants can actually benefit from this colder weather; it can improve the flavor in both spinach and kale.

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