A slow start to this winter has left some local snow removal businesses struggling for work.
“As far as revenues go, and keeping busy in that department, it is one of the slowest years we’ve had in a long long time,” said GreenPoint Landscaping Owner Clint Biddle.
The unseasonably warm start to the winter has left us with little to no snow accumulations so far this season. With business being slow for our local landscapers and snow removers, workers have been branching out in other fields of their business in order to stay busy.
“We’ve been able to keep busy doing a lot of other things,” said Premier Landscaping and Property Maintenance Owner Brian Demark. “A lot of property maintenance stuff. We’re venturing out inside homes. Maybe doing a little bit of painting and stuff like that.”
“Working on designs for our customers in the spring,” said Biddle. “Working on our systems. Trying to become a better business. Just preparing for the spring and just improving on what we have built already and making that better. So, utilizing the time that I do have well.”
While the landscaping side has been doing great due to the warmer stretch of weather, there has only been a need to plow a few times and salt only a half dozen times.
This weekend we’re likely to see some accumulations from the winter storm heading our way. Models are showing it staying more off to our southeast, but the accumulation we do get to see here in the Twin Tiers is finally going to give our landscapers and snow removers some business.
“If it snows this weekend, what we do is we keep our plow trucks right at the drivers houses,” said Demark. “So, all they have to do is get up and go outside, basically warm their truck up five or ten minutes. They all have a list that’s already planned out for their route. They just go out, and they go out and plow the commercial properties and then we move on to our residential properties after that’s done.”
“The main thing is just having your equipment serviced and ready, and having your guys prepared and ready as well,” said Biddle.
By around this time last winter, we had already seen over 17 inches of snow. While this winter has not seen anywhere near that amount, businesses are working hard and they are ready for the winter weather that is on it’s way.