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Jacksonville works hard to maintain grass growth

Kirsten Glavin
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 6:11pm

Although rain is a good thing during the summer months, it isn't always ideal for those trying to keep up with landscaping. Jacksonville has approximately 600 acres of parks and cemeteries. With the grasslands flourishing from recent precipitation, city workers are finding it difficult to keep up.

"What would normally take 3 or 4 days could easily take a week due to the abnormal rate of the growth of grass" said Parks and Recreation director, Ben Briley.

During the summer months, the parks and recreation department hires high school students to help cut the grass. Even with the additional landscapers, the team is still struggling to maintain the properties.

"It has taken longer in every park, it has taken longer in every cemetery, and it's tough right now to keep up."

Chase Holder, a high-schooler who cuts these lawns daily, said this summer has been especially difficult.

"We cut it one week and it seems to grow back the next week."

Workers have weekly schedules that they follow when the grass is growing at an average rate. However, if the job is not done by the end of the day, workers are encouraged work overtime.

"We try to adhere to a mowing schedule and due to the increase of time on each side, we tend to get behind in some places" said Ben Briley.

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