Local lawn care services booming, busy season starts early
POSTED: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 3:40pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 9:23am
TYLER — As many of you have probably noticed, all this rain we've had is causing grass to grow fast right now.
That has the folks in one area of business smiling.
"Every time I'm turning the corner, I'm seeing another trailer, and I'm like, 'aw man, I need to get that guys yard,'" said Tyler Lloyd of Tyler Lawns.
"This year, because of the lack of winter, were kind of a month ahead of schedule," Lloyd said. "Everything started a little bit sooner ... maybe even a month and a half."
Tyler Lawns is mowing about 40 lawns a week right now.
Lloyd says it's a nice change from the effects of last year's drought.
"The lawns that were on one week were on two-week schedules, lawns that were two weeks were maybe once a month," he said.
But if you're like Reniae McCoy and you mow your own lawn, you might be getting ... a little tired.
"I was doing it last week, and I'm doing it again this week," McCoy said, who mows her mother's lawn for her. "My dad came in last night and he does the weedeating part and he said, 'The yard's ready' and I said, 'Already?' Because I just did it! So, I'm wondering how many more days it's gonna be before I have to do it again!"
Lloyd also said he's having to do some repairs on patches of grass were got damaged from the drought.
He says he doesn't recommend completely scalping your lawn in the early spring months like many people do, but simply cutting it a little bit shorter.
"Problems that happen is people scalp it too low, and that will kill out your grass no matter what," he said. "It puts a lot of stress on your grass to come back, and if the conditions aren't just right, it will harm it."
If you also feel like more and more lawn care businesses are popping up, you're right.
Lloyd thinks because of the economy, more people are falling back on what used to be part-time work for them and making it full time.