Venting on the Drought

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TuffWork, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. TuffWork

    TuffWork LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 507

    I live in West Texas, and the drought is in full swing here. We have gotten little to no moisture in months. I should be mowing right now, but I'm obviously not. The city went on the news today to encourage people to conserve water. If no one is watering and it's not raining, I'm not making any money. Lawns that were already green this time last year are still yellow and sad looking. I'm wondering if I'm in the wrong business.

    If anyone else needs to vent a little. Here's a thread to do it in.
  2. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,152

    Ok.... my back hurts a little. Oh, and I'm hungry.
  3. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,152

    honestly, my area has been pretty dry as well.... I think we got our first heavy rain in months, just yesterday. The grass is sloooowly starting to green up.
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,466

    I feel your pain.

    Drought here across the front range metro denver area as well...actually the entire eastern half of colorado..the same drought area that is screwing you down in Amarillo is screwing me as well. We have had the driest winter so far since 1887.

    I could use a FLOOD....or 3 blizzards in a week.

    Desperate need of moisture over here.
  5. Busa_bill

    Busa_bill LawnSite Member
    Posts: 179

    Feast or famine. Houston just had 4 days of rain. I skipped mowing yesterday just to let the water run off.

    Hope you get the wet stuff soon.
  6. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,199

    It rained here for 4 DAYS straight, and it will supposedly rain again this weekend. The temps are around 80 too.

    Sorry to hear bout the drought.
  7. TuffWork

    TuffWork LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 507

    At least my being green with envy is appropriate seein as it's st. patty's day and all, but seriously, I'm really starting to become worried about my financial situation. I've been keeping the bills paid with odd jobs. (finishing painting a house tomorrow, fixing a fence and picking up leaves on thursday, etc.), but unless I start mowing again I'm gonna be in the financial crapper before I know what hit me.

    I only have two lawns I'm actually mowing on a schedule. They are my two wealthiest clients and only want them done because their neighbors have it done. Everyone else is just waiting until they absolutely have to get it done. Which if we don't get some rain will be a while. Many people are turning down my fertilizer and overseeding offerings as well this year. Apparently I bought way too much fert. I know this sounds dumb, but it won't go bad or anything will it. I've never had any left over before. I'm pretty good at nailing down how much I need, but I bought in bulk this year. I can use it next year in the spring, right?

    I guess I'll be putting out fliers tomorrow after I'm done painting. Gotta drum up some more business.
  8. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,597

    It's so dry here that restaurants can't serve you water here without you asking for water first.
  9. Frue

    Frue LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,472

    We went through one two years ago. You have to hit the doors and the phones. Line up prunings and other jobs. I pray you get rain soon. I know how it feels to be waiting for rain and you are losing income. It was a dry year last year also but it rained enough to keep it going.

    Fert will be good as long as you did not let it get wet. hang in there and pray for the rain.
  10. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,899

    We've been receiving rain at the rate of about .5"--.75" per week since January. Just last weekend we got 2". Had not seen rain like that since 2006. Our drought may be starting to turn around. In 2007, many went out of business. Stick it out, and you'll be able to grab some of the market share from those who go under.

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