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Mild winter slows down snow removal businesses

Posted at 2:02 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 14:02:59-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)  — Companies that offer snow removal services say business has been slow this winter, due to the mild weather.

Green grass, bare trees, and only the remains of some salt on the roads has been the typical sight this season. Michael Sell of Green Solutions Landcare says they were prepared, though.

"We expect the worst. We have ten trucks that are capable of plowing,” said Sell.

Those trucks haven't seen much action, though. Especially when you compare the weather to this time five years ago, when Lexington dealt with about ten inches of snowfall on February 16th, 2015. That was fourth largest amount on record.

"Typically, we have five plow events here in Lexington and 13 de-icing events, and we are set at maybe three de-icing events. We haven't really plowed. It's been slow,” said Sell.

Even though this winter hasn't been kind to snow removal services, the mild weather has allowed workers to get a head start on other services.

"Normally we don't start out fertilization and weed control services until mid-March and we are already doing some pre-emergent applications to keep the weeds at bay right now,” said Sell.

Sell says since winter is unpredictable, the company doesn't budget for snow removal, so they haven't lost any money on that this season. However, other businesses have been hurt and hope for a little more snow in the forecast.