ALLENDALE, Mich. - After a weekend of beautiful weather you may be itching to get out into the garden, but you’ll want to wait a little bit longer until the temperatures become consistently warm.

Chris Buist, from Countryside Greenhouse in Allendale, explains some simple ways you can prep your garden for successful spring and summer seasons.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on some plants, Buist suggests getting a hanging basket. “Hanging baskets are easy to put out during the day when temperatures are okay. And then you can quickly grab them and bring them in at night” says Buist.

Buist says getting a fruit tree is another option that does nicely during these up and down temperatures. “While it’s too early for most things to go outside, this is one thing that can be safely planted right now” Buist says. He says the fruit trees are one of Countryside’s most popular options this time of the year.

Plants, trees, and flowers aren’t your only options right now. Buist says another popular item many people put in their yards this time of year isn't alive at all.

Life-size figures of animals, from dinosaurs to giraffes and elephants to lions are scattered all throughout the greenhouse. A gigantic Bigfoot can be purchased at Countryside Greenhouse for a cool $1,800.

“They’re more popular than we ever expected. We started putting them in the greenhouse for entertainment factor, but every year we end up selling quite a few pieces.”

For more information and gardening advice head to Countryside Greenhouse’s website.

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