Lawn Service Companies Hoping For A Green Spring

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(KPLR11)After the spring showers, you may have to break out that lawn mower.  The growing grass means green for landscaping business, eager to make some money after the mild winter. Patrick Clark explains why the early arrival of warmer weather has some companies blue.

Where is winter?

Normally, we’ll see around 22 inches of snowfall in St. Louis each year.  This year we had four inches. Last year we had 37 inches.  We prepare the same either way.

And when your winter business is snow removal and plowing drives, this mild winter can make for migraines.

Yeah been pretty rough. I'll be sitting on 500 tons of salt that we won't use till next year.

All those new trucks, plows and salt rigs will have to wait as well.  That’s because the lawnmower men have landed all across the region, earlier than expected.

Snow plowing and salting are our highest profit margins services.  Mowing is probably least profitable so the early mowing season will not really offset the mild winter at all.

Many full service lawn care companies, like at Ritter Landscaping, look to make more money in the colder months.  But the summer season is already shifting into gear about three weeks early.

If you haven’t already, chances are you’ll be mowing soon and the warmer winter means putting down that pre-emergent to control crab grass.

You typically want to do that when the soil temperature is 55 degrees.  We're probably a good two to three weeks ahead of time.  It could be that this will be a bumper crop of crabgrass for that reason.

So if the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, chances are they called a good lawn care company.

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