Few Steady Showers Cost Landscapers Time and Money

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

Working outside on a wet Wednesday wouldn't be most folks’ idea of a good day on the job, but for Valley landscapers the afternoon showers were refreshing for them and their plants.

Owner of Staunton Landscaping Charles Kehoe says it's been a while since he's seen a good rain.

"It was good up until the fourth of July or so. We had plenty of afternoon showers, and now they're getting fewer and fewer," says Kehoe.

Fewer and fewer showers means his crew is traveling more and more to water the sod they recently laid.

"Take's a lot when it's new. Once it gets established it's a little bit easier, maybe twice a week we water. At first it needs water almost ever day."

He says the increase in trips is adding up in fuel costs. He's hoping the rain returns and spares his bottom line.

Over at Village Garden Center in Fishersville, employees spend 16 hours a day watering plants.

Bruce Norris says it's not just to keep them looking good but to keep them healthy.

"This time of year with a lack of water, plants get very stressful, and when they get stressful, they're subject to insects and things like that" says Norris.

Landscapers need a slow and steady rain to soak through the dirt.

"We need some more rain. The rain like this, if it does this for two more days, it would make a lot of people happy," says Norris.

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