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Lawn companies say heavy rain now brings spike in business

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Atlas Gilbert, Lawn Maintenance Specialist, and owner of A.G. Lawn Care Atlas Gilbert, Lawn Maintenance Specialist, and owner of A.G. Lawn Care
Donell Mathis, Dougherty Co. Environmental Control Manager Donell Mathis, Dougherty Co. Environmental Control Manager
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Storms hitting southwest Georgia dumped almost three and a half inches of rain in parts of Dougherty County Friday. More rain in the forecast could continue our trend of an extremely wet spring.

Some lawns around Albany still have water in their yards, but all that moisture could now be boosting some businesses. Lawn workers said they've been swamped with calls since the sun came out, even though weekend storms canceled lawn jobs throughout Albany. 

The owner of A.G. Lawn Care said the rain is actually generating business for him because plants are now blooming. He said sunny weather will make up for any weekend losses. 

The Dougherty County Public Works department is also gearing up to clip grass around the county as water recedes. 

"We have to be patient sometimes, and then through our patients, we get rewarded for out patients," said Atlas Gilbert, Lawn Maintenance Specialist, and owner of A.G. Lawn Care. "So now we're ready to get the reward. We got a week of good sun shiny weather."

"The grass is growing, we know the grass is getting higher," said Donell Mathis, Dougherty Co. Environmental Control Manager. "We're projected to start cutting this week." He said some low lying areas can't be cut until the water recedes.

Gilbert said last year's rain helped create one of his most profitable years since he started his business. He's hopeful 2014 will be another great year for lawn companies. He suggested installing swells in your lawn or sub-surface drainage to prevent ponding if your yard tends to flood.  

 

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