Drought Drying Up Business for Area Lawn Care Companies

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

The drought is taking its toll on lawns in the Brazos Valley. Watering can only do so much to help landscaping scorched by the Texas heat. While the drought is drying up much of mother nature it's also drying up business for some lawn care companies.

"The past couple summers it's been really dry, but this one is by far the worst," said Green Acres Irrigation Owner Colby Burns.

If the rain doesn't fall then ultimately the grass will not grow and in Colby Burns case--he can't mow.

"If you're not watering your yard, it doesn't need to be mowed except maybe once every month-and-a-half which cuts my business in half when it comes to lawn maintenance," added Burns.

This time last year Burns said he and his crew were working overtime--this year is a different case.

"Lawn maintenance last year, I had probably double what I have this year," added Burns. "We were averaging probably 70 to 80 lawns a week, this year we are averaging about 25 to 30."

While lawn maintenance may be down--Burns said installs for irrigation systems are up 80 percent compared to last year.

"The business has picked up a lot this summer for people wanting sprinkler systems and repairs; people have decided they need those again so they've come around to get those fixed and if it wasn't for that, I'd be hurting this summer."

Burns said adding a irrigation system not only saves time--it also saves water.

"A sprinkler system is actually designed to conserve water rather than dragging the hose around and watering here and there," explained Burns.

A irrigation system also gives a yard an even flow of water.

"Unless you have water hoses scattered all across your yard in temperatures like this and you're watering every day it's going to take double the water with the water hose compared to a sprinkler system," said Burns.

Despite the drought, Burns has found a silver lining--in a steady stream of water.

Burns' company isn't the only one feeling the pain from the drought. We've spoken to several lawn companies in both Bryan and College station who say lawn maintenance requests are significantly lower than last year.

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