Drought affecting lawn care services
PADUCAH — One look at your yard, or maybe your neighbor's, tells the story of just how hot and dry it is.
"Pitiful hot," said Stephen Wurth said.
And Wurth is feeling the heat in his wallet too. "The drought for sure is slowing the grass mowing down," he said.
Wurth can typically be seen in the drivers seat of one of his riding mowers but he said he can't control what mother nature has planned.
"Some yards at least mow once a week. Now, we're mowing them every other week, every three weeks. Some are mowing once a month, it's just as needed," Wurth said.
Even though business has slowed, he said the phone calls have not. The callers aren't asking for service, they are calling to cancel.
"The phone is actually ringing more now probably than what it was on the spring time just telling us not to come," he said.
Wurth said since he started seven years ago, he's built up about 70 clients. Some of them are commercial accounts that include landscaping so he's keeping busy in the meantime even if it's not on four wheels.
"We're doing mulching, shrub trimming, tree trimming, landscaping, tree removal, parking lot sweeping. Still do a little bit of everything," Wurth said.
Despite the brown grass, Wurth is seeing a little green, but like this empty rain gage, he's thirsty for rain.
"It's definitely the worst I've ever seen, for sure," he said.