What A Strange Season It’s Been…

It has been a long while since I’ve had the time to add a post here. 2018 is just beginning its second half, July 4th has come and gone, and the madness we’ve had this landscape season is continuing.

We are not alone in this issue. Every other landscape company I know is experiencing the same issue, to one degree or another. Our season started 3 weeks late, thanks to foot deep snows, twice, in March. It wan’t until the first full week of April, a time when we normally start cutting lawns, that we were able to start our Spring cleanups and mulching.

And then came the rains. We managed to get our weekly lawn routes cut, much to our own amazement. But very little else. And now, having just endured a 7 day heat wave, albeit a dry period, we are still dealing with a 6 – 8 week work backlog. We’ve managed to get through almost all of our mulching work, and now turn our attention to shrub trimming, which we normally start in early June.

There is also a national labor shortage. There are more jobs than people to fill them. Most critically, the landscape industry is reeling from artificially low H2B visa quotas. Some local landscape and nursery businesses are on the verge of closing since they can’t find help. And no one wants these jobs, so they go begging. Same for most contractors in all fields.

So, this is where we are. I am not complaining, just stating facts. And along the same lines, I am asking for your patience, if you are one of our customers still waiting to have work done. Rest assured, we are doing everything in the order in which we received the work request. We WILL get there. And going elsewhere just puts you at the end of someone else’s line. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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