BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – This summer, a perfect combination of rainfall, ample sunshine and cooler nights have made the grass in the backyard grow and grow, making the task of lawn cutting seem endless.
According to Clarence resident Pamala Sautter, “I have cut the grass almost three times a week. If it rains and the grass has been fertilized, it’s almost in two days I could do it.”
“Right now I’m cutting the grass high and it’s still clumping and I’m hoping I don’t have to rake it,” added Sautter.
The weather stats never lie. There was well above normal rainfall back in July, by a good two-and-a-quarter inches, and that was the driving force behind all that lawn cutting.
“Gosh, you know, it’s been moderate temps, a decent amount of rain, not to say it has been cold all summer long but for the most part it’s been cooler with a lot of rain. So with that, and people fertilizing their lawns, grass has been growing like crazy,” said Daniel Regan, Co-owner of Regan Landscape Inc.
With near normal rainfall in August, things slowed down just a bit. Michael Glaser, Owner of Glaser’s Landscaping and Snowplowing picked up on this somewhat drier August pattern.
He said, “We had a little dry spell for awhile that we didn’t get much rain or anything so it slowed down for a bit but not long.”
All that constant mowing has kept businesses that cater to residential customers hopping this summer and it hasn’t stopped.
According to Judy Drake, Owner of Drake Lawn & Garden in Clarence, “It changes how much we sell for parts, how much service we do and how many machines people buy.”
And if you have been grumbling about spending way too much time in the yard this summer, just think about what’s next – snow.
“That’s next on our mind after this is done. Then we have to move into the snow, there’s a lot of wind out here, it piles up,” added Sautter.
“We’re excited. Hopefully it won’t be as bad as last year, but we’re looking forward to it,” said Regan.
Many lawn treatment companies offer an option to just get rid of the weeds rather than fertilize. It’s something that you may want to consider in order to reduce the amount of mowing that you do during a cooler wetter summer.