It’s not very often you see your neighbors mowing their lawns in December in Upstate New York. Monday reached record-breaking highs of about 65 degrees. The previous high for December 14 was 58 degrees set back in 2006. Those of you who enjoy getting outside to do some yard work aren’t complaining.
“Usually we would be cold and wet this time of year,” the owner of Poppleton Gardens, Patrick Poppleton said.
Local landscapers say they’re doing the same amount of work they do every other year, but so far this winter they’re trading their shovels for rakes.
“If you were to ask me two months ago what I would be doing right now, I would certainly tell you plowing snow from driveways and parking lots, but the nice weather has definitely allowed us to keep busy,” owner of Premier Landscape and Property Maintenance, Brian Demark said.
“I have a few stonewalls to do, and we’ll be planting things between now and the time the hard frost comes,” Poppleton said.
Many of you are scheduling yard work now to get a little head start on spring. Raking and mowing now will ensure your yard is well kept all winter long and your plants will come in fresh come the springtime.
“You can definitely still plant right now. Most of the stuff at nurseries sit out all winter long anyway, so it’s certainly warmer in the ground,” Demark said.