Dozens of shoppers smelled spring on Sunday as the scent of hyacinth, mulch and potted flowers permeated Stauffer's of Kissel Hill in Hellam Township.

Chris and Sabrina Corkum of Dallastown made their way through the store's tree section, looking to recover from winter's wrath.

When a big ice storm hit in February, the couple's pine trees didn't hold up so well, and branches kept falling on their house, Chris Corkum said.

"We actually had to tear four of our trees down," he said.

So they went in search of fruit trees, a smaller and more manageable option for their home, they said.

Spring fever: The Corkums were upset about the snow that fell last week, and it was their first time spring shopping this season.

"About time," he said. "It seemed like winter didn't want to die."

The harsh winter dumped 42 inches of snow on York County — almost twice as much as its average of 25 inches, according to National Climatic Data Center records.

Sabrina Corkum said she's very ready for spring and can't wait to work on her yard and put together a swingset for her sons.

"Hopefully it'll stay nice so we can get out there," she said.

Lynn Myers of East Manchester Township spent her day trout fishing before buying a few shrubs to plant in her yard.

Her home was also hit hard by the ice storm, so she's focused on cleaning up and preparing for spring — and she couldn't feel better about the change in seasons.


"I'm happy," she said. "Very happy."

In the air: Business has been picking up at Stauffer's — especially this weekend, with temperatures in the seasonal 50s, said greenhouse manager Wanda Stiffler. Customers are buying lots of pansies, spring veggies, mulch and bushes, she said.

But the weather has been so sporadic that growers haven't had much of a chance to get started, Stiffler said.

"We have a couple nice days, then it falls to 18 degrees," she said.

With all the winter damage, customers have their share of concerns, Stiffler said.

"They're not sure if (plants are) going to come back or not," she said.

But be patient, Stiffler said. They'll grow back, but make sure to fertilize, as plants need some help in revitalizing their root systems after being so cold and wet, Stiffler said.

In the meantime, growers can start tilling soil and putting in some soil amendment to loosen it up, she said.

But they should watch for nighttime lows, Stiffer said: If temperatures drop below 35 degrees, protect plants with a sheet — not plastic — and bring potted plants inside.

Lows this week will range from the mid-30s to the low 50s, according to the National Weather Service.

The start of this week will be rainy, with highs of 52 and 61 on Monday and Tuesday, the forecast says. The sun will come out for the rest of the week, and temperatures could reach up to the high 60s on Thursday and Friday.

Stiffler said she and other gardeners can't wait to fully dig into spring.

"We're anxious to get our hands a little dirty," she said.

— Reach Mollie Durkin at