HEAT WAVE 2012: Drought drying up business

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

Coulee Region (WEAU)- This drought has been as tough as crab grass for some area lawn mowing businesses. The dry conditions are also taking their toll on lawns and trees in the Coulee Region.

The lawn care specialists at Holmen Lawn Care were done mowing by lunchtime.

“Past couple days we’ve started at 7 and been done around noon or 1 o’clock,” said Holmen Lawn Care President, Joe Deml.

Business has been slow.

“Mowing crew does 60-80 lawns a week and revenue wise we are down 35% just on the drought alone,” said Deml.

And if their customers don’t give their lawns plenty of water, they could lose them.

“Stressed out lawns will have weed problems, insect problems, fungus problems. With just a little investment of water and time it’s well worth it,” said Deml.

Even the Park and Rec has asked people to adopt a tree. Many of the trees on the boulevard and in the park are stressed out or dying and the city just doesn’t have enough man power to water them all.

“Trees in this type of drought really need a good watering twice a week and that’s more than a hose of water or a bucket of water and dumping a couple buckets on a tree,” said Park Supervisor, Jay Odegaard.

A tree’s leaves will start to change to a yellow or brown if it’s not getting enough water.

“The best method is to let the hose lay there for 4-5 hours at a trickle a couple times a week per tree,” said Odegaard.

If you wish to adopt a tree just contact your local park and rec.

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