Droughts?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Nathan, Feb 15, 2001.

  1. Nathan

    Nathan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 193

    Since a lot of you are from the east with your infamous hot summers I thought I would pose this Q. Over here in the NW we are looking at a potential major drought this summer,since our rainfall and snowpack are only about 1/2 normal. Last year we had a very extended dry spell, which meant crispy lawns. This year could be even worse. How many of you guys over there see a big drop in business when you have a big heat spell. We haven't a drought like what could be for probably about 10 years so I am clueless.
     
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    We had one of the worst droughts in 2000 that ever was in the south. I cut all my lawns on a 7 to 10 rotation in august, sept and oct. If you raise the blade higher and don't bag your lawn will stay green much longer than anyone else. My competitions lawns were dead 2 months before mine. Raising the blade lets the grass shade the ground to keep as much moisture as possible.
     
  3. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    Did someone say DROUGHT? Last I heard we were about 2 feet below where we should be! Can you say "water restrictions" I have some yards I haven't cut in months. Raindance please.LOL
     
  4. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 954

    My first full time year was a drought year her in Southern Indiana. It was a learning experince, however in a buisness such as this, mother nature is king. All I can advice is be prepared. You will have some wet years such as last and dry years such as the year before. Cash flow is very important.
     

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