When gardening season begins, retailers let it all hang out in the open -- and sales bloom. Retailers, particularly independents, continue to sharpen a competitive edge with starter plants, mulch and other gardening aids that bring the planting public back to them year after year. Wal-Mart Stores, Lowe's and The Home Depot may be banking their entrances with more racks of starter pansies and higher stacks of mulch at impressive prices, but it's plant care and customer care that have ...

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