Tough year for lawn care & snow removal businesses
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Right now, every county in Iowa is experiencing severe drought conditions. Farmers are suffering from one of the hottest, driest summers in recent memory. It's also impacting other businesses -- lawn care and landscaping.
"Today is excellent. You could work twelve, fifteen hours in this," said Corey Coleman Saturday morning.
Most people wouldn't consider fifteen hours of work on a Saturday an "excellent" day. But Coleman will take all the pleasant weather he can get.
"This has kind of been the hardest year to get through," he said.
Coleman has owned and operated a local property management company for about five years. We first caught up with Coleman over the winter. In December, he was waiting patiently for the snow, and when we met in January he was cleaning up after the first significant, and just about only big snowfall of the winter.
"Wednesday, before the snow, we were actually doing landscaping projects, installing an egress window. By Wednesday night we were plowing snow!" he said at the time.
After a slow winter for snow removal, it's now a rough summer for lawn care. With grass at a standstill, Coleman isn't doing much mowing, and the 100 degree days are dangerous for working on larger landscaping projects.
"We've had a couple guys that didn't take care of themselves through the heat and ended up getting sick and having to leave early," Coleman said.
Coleman explained, his business is doing just fine -- thanks to some big accounts that require a lot more than mowing on a regular basis.
"They're having you come out and trim the hedges and bushes and replace plants and add landscaping," he explained.
And there's one thing you can always count on growing: "Weeds are out of control this year," said Coleman.
Coleman is looking forward to steady work come fall.
"There's still leaves on the trees. They have to come down!"
As fall turns back into winter, Coleman expects to pull out the plows, but also keep landscaping tools at the ready. His bottom line may depend on weather, but he's learned not to count on a typical season.
"Plan for the best and also for the worst. And keep our fingers crossed for the best, I guess," he added.
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