Wet Weather Hurting Landscapers

May 17, 2011 Updated May 17, 2011 at 11:22 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

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May 17, 2011 Updated May 17, 2011 at 11:22 PM EDT

EDEN, NY (WKBW) - Bradley Wierzba, owner of BMW Landscaping in Eden, NY says that because of the wet weather, they are about four to five weeks behind last year's numbers.

That's because wet grass takes longer mow, the machines have to works harder, meaning they suck more gas (at over $4 a gallon), and they leave behind muddy ruts.

"We try to tread lightly, but it's just making a mess in people's yards. [Our customers] have nice yards and we want to do a nice job for people but it's tough all the way around," says Wierzba.

Wierzba says his crews are still working on jobs that would have been done days ago if things were dry. But he remains positive, hopeful that he can recapture the lost revenue when summer finally does show up.

"Everything just goes that much smoother when it's dry. You can cut faster and you're more efficient."