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Green industry cringe over water restrictions

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - These emergency restrictions couldn't come at a worst time. Local garden and landscaping businesses are cringing at this news. That's because it's the busy, fall planting season.

Inside the Great Big Green House in Chesterfield County, gardening expert Doug Hensel is worried about his industry.

"The landscapers, the maintenance all of us are going to be impacted by this emergency water restriction," said Hensel.

Besides Spring, Fall is the biggest planting season of the year, it's when business peaks. Hensel's certain he'll take a big hit.

"I can't blame people who are going to be concerned and not buy plants knowing they won't be able to water them and take care of them," he said.

Hensel hopes he can keep the business afloat by selling native - more drought tolerant plants like ornamental grasses and sedum.

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