Snow Brings More Business for Local Landscapers

By: McKinsey Harris Email
By: McKinsey Harris Email

With every snow comes the cleanup process, and on Thursday, the Valley was full of people shoveling sidewalks and plowing roads and parking lots.

Howard Simmons usually does landscaping and a lot of other things outside, but when winter weather hits, he says it's time to bring out the shovels and plows.

"It makes it nice to know, 'Okay, it's snowing, we've got almost three inches, let's go to work!' You know, let's clean the sidewalks, let's get the parking lots clean, and we know that it's there and ready to go," says Simmons.

Even though it means more time in the cold, Simmons says it helps business during the winter months.

"Keeps our employees busy. You know, we don't have to lay them off, don't have to say OK, you can go home today. It gives them something to do to continue making money," says Simmons.

Courtland Rodamer spent the day plowing the Rockingham Memorial Hospital campus.

He says he's been in the landscaping business since he was 16 years old. very winter, they turn to plowing snow to keep busy.

"Don't know the flipside of what would happen if we didn't have this to do, it would definitely make it harder for us to get through the winter. The bills still come in, the electric bill, the water bill are there, and it helps pay those," says Rodamer.

He says he thinks everyone, whether plowing or just driving around town, is better prepared after last year's big snows.

"The last three or four, we didn't have any, and last winter we had a lot of snow, and it's basically the same for us as far as the work goes, I mean, it just takes a lot longer hours and a lot more equipment," says Rodamer.

Rodamer usually likes a smaller snow like the one that hit Thursday to get the season started.

He says it's helpful to check the equipment and make sure everything's running smoothly in case there's a much bigger snow later in the season. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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