Is your store stocked for success?
Spring is finally here! Though some areas of the country are still under that blanket of snow, even there determined spring flowers are starting to come up. Everywhere gardeners, from the most experienced to the novice, are starting to think about their gardening goals for this year. Keeping an eye on the early spring gardening trends can help your store keep up with their needs. Knowing that you’re on top of their needs can keep those customers coming back throughout the entire growing season.
Clearing the soil
The first step of every early spring garden is to clear the soil of debris and old weeds. Though many gardeners will use a rake or shovel to perform this tasks, some prefer to use tillers to aerate the earth and soften it is they are searching through the soil. This is also a great time to trim down existing plants and remove that debri as well.
Winter can dry out the soil and wick away it’s nutrients. Adding these back in are imperative to having a successful garden. Fertilizer and compost are two easy ways to bring that richness back into your soil. Is the soil too acidic? Suggest adding lye. If speaking to more holistic gardeners, suggest supplementing the supplies they purchase from you with ground eggshells to add more calcium into the soil, mixing in coffee grounds to add nitrogen, or watering with chamomile tea to help ward off some infections and fungi. A PH kit is a great way to make sure all these extra activities are working together to produce the best possible environment.
That protective layer
Even novice gardeners know that mulch can help reduce the ease in which weeds grow in your garden but that’s far from all. It helps to regulate temperature, fend off diseases, and to keep it moist. Only 1”-3” of mulch can vastly improve the garden’s experience. That being said, different mulches can have a different impact the the acidity of the soils. Though by-and-large mulch is known to reduce the acidity in the soil somewhat, some, such as pine needle or pine bark mulch, can have the opposite effect and increase the acidity. This should be noted early on, especially in areas with PH levels that typically run somewhat higher or lower than average, to allow for compensation when preparing the soil. This is just another reason, in addition to increasing the likelihood of rot, to make sure that mulch is a few inches from the stem of your plants.
Choosing the right plants for spring
Early spring plants often bring to mind thoughts of tulips and daffodils but there are many options for those first plants of the year. Snapdragons and pansies are a beautiful annual addition to your flower gardens. Don’t want to replant each year? Lilacs are a great choice. Hearty vegetable plants such as peas, leeks, spinach, arugula and lettuce are the perfect choices for your spring garden.
With these thoughts in mind getting into spring should be easy if your inventory management software can keep up. NCR’s Counterpoint combines your POS with you inventory management solution to make sure that you can help your customers each time they come in. With the ability to see your history with the more than 40 reporting template or be more ‘in the now’ by quickly check your inventory via keyword search: you can stay continuously aware of what you have in stock and make the right purchasing decisions. Need to do a physical inventory during business hours, not a problem. Freeze only some items for counting while normal operations continue in the rest of your store.
Knowing what your customers will come looking for is a major factor in your company’s success this spring. Having a POS/inventory management solution that helps you to know what that is and then keep on top of it throughout the gardening season, well, that makes more green grow all around.