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Unseasonably cold weather hurts some local businesses


Most of us wish the temperatures were a lot warmer for the start of spring.  Last year at this time, it was 80 degrees.

But it's especially frustrating for companies who rely on warmer temperatures to make money this time of year.

"Last year at this time we were mowing. We had mowing crews out. We were landscaping," said Scott Williams who owns Personal Touch Lawns.

Williams said that is a stark contrast from what work crews were doing today.

Only half of the crew was out working on basic maintenance and Williams said it isn't because demand isn't there, It's the cold temperatures that prevent them from working on projects.

"We got a lot of landscape that is already backed up that we bid on last fall and we need to get to it. I got a lot of people calling wanting it done right away," said Williams.

Williams said March isn't usually a busy month, but they were hoping to get a jump start on work this year.

"Last year we got really spoiled because it was so nice, but most years March is when we really get going," said Williams.

And stores like Lowe's in Quincy are also seeing fewer shoppers coming in to buy lawn mowers and landscape products because of the unseasonably cold temperatures.

Assistant store manager Diane Hillebrenner said they are just waiting for mother nature to cooperate.

"We are totally ready. We have been ready for a couple of weeks now hoping that warm weather would start," said Hillebrenner.

Williams said he hopes temperatures start to rise in the next few weeks, because his company needs to bounce back from 2012.

"A lot of people really didn't spend a lot of money last year, because of the drought they didn't want to put anything in the ground," said Williams.

Williams said they received the soil moisture they needed over the winter, but it's a double edge sword because they can't do some projects now because they are too wet.

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