DURHAM COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Durham county nursery is seeing a surge in first-time gardeners since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bill Sparrow is the second-generation owner of Red Mill Landscape and Nursery.
"We saw a big uptick in sales in topsoil, mulch, and to a certain extent, plants," Bill said.
Retail nursery business is up as much as 50% compared to this time last year. The biggest buyers: First-time gardeners.
"We kind of figured that people wanted to get out int their yard, they were stuck at home," Bill said. "We fielded a lot of calls of people who were putting in home gardens."
Bill offers three tips to first-time gardeners:
- Know your soil. If you live in an area, like a subdivision where the soil is compacted, you might consider topsoil or at least a soil amendment like compost soil.
- Watering - New plants need to be well watered, but Bill says that overwatering can be an issue
- Make sure you have proper amendments and nutrients.