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Feels Like Spring, But It’s Not Here Yet

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FREELAND-WEB-HEADSHOT-2013 Lynne Hayes-Freeland
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – If the warm weather and bright sunshine has you thinking spring has finally sprung, you’re not alone.

Mother Nature is thinking that too. The buds are coming out, the flowers have already started to bloom, the sun is shining brightly and it’s plain hard to stay indoors.

Today is the first day Bill Regan has been out riding his bike, but he plans to get out every day this week.

Mimi Perez and a lot of other mothers took the kids to the playground Wednesday – happy to get outside in spite of the spike pollen that’s kicking up a little earlier this year.

“The allergies might be sneaking up on us, but we’re willing to put up with that if we can be outside,” Perez said.

And even though some of your flowers, like the daffodils, might be coming up on their own, don’t rush to start planting. With a few exceptions, it’s simply too early.

“The biggest concern is the soil – that if people start digging now, it’s still too wet,” Doug Oster, of the Post-Gazette, said. “If you dig now, you’re going to change the soil structure, you’re going to get these big clods that are going to dry like bricks.”

He adds that it’s probably going to get cold and frost again, so stay away from tender crops that are affected by frost, like tomatoes.

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