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Moderate drought impacts bottom line of Valley lawn services

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This moderate drought the Mahoning Valley is experiencing is impacting more than just farmers.

The livelihood of other businesses is at stake.

Landscapers and those in the fertilizing business also say the lack of rainfall is impacting their bottom line.

Turning green grass to brown, and causing them to lose green because of it.

Chris Easton of Easton Lawn Service said, "In terms of just financial numbers, I'm down about 30%. Since the end of June, the properties I normally cut once a week, I'm now cutting every other week. And commercial properties, like the soccer fields, I haven't cut in a month."

Easton is a single dad who started his business to spend more time with his children. He says this moderate drought has resulted in a huge financial strain.

"This has been the slowest. I've been mowing these soccer fields for I think seven years now and I've never gone a month without having to cut them," Easton said.

Over at Highpoint Lawn Service on Victoria Road in Austintown things are pretty steady. However, at one point workers were given a week’s vacation when things slowed down.

Chris Guerrais the Branch Manager at Highpoint Lawn Service said, "The drought has affected us not as harsh as some of the landscapers and the mowers. We do fertilization and weed control."

And Guerra has some advice that may help your grass from turning completely brown.  "The most important factor, even before what any fertilzing company is going to do, is mowing height. You've got to mow nice and tall. The taller the grass is cut, the deeper the root system can go down and it can tap into water and stay greener for longer," Guerra said.

The good news, Storm Tracker 21 Chief Meteorologist Eric Wilhelm predicts several inches of rain from now until early next week.

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