Landscapers and exterior home improvements are delayed this spring
Between the frigid temperatures and the amount of rain that keeps coming, many businesses are chomping at the bit to get to work on the projects they have already booked. Normally by the first week of April lawns are mowed and fertilized. Not so this year.
Some smaller lawn and landscaping businesses are having to cash flow when they thought they would be hard at work building things for Dayton area home owners. In some cases the ground is just too wet to do the work. Day after day of rain delays are also frustrating.
Consumers are on a different time line
Many consumers wait till the weather actually changes before calling for the estimates for their lawn and home projects. Up until last week, people were just trying to say warm and safe from slippery roads. Now suddenly, everything is blooming and the grass is 5 inches high. Spring is EXPLODING before our eyes. A week or two ago, there were no leaves on the trees, but over the next three days you will see a completely different story.
My son and I spent the entire Saturday outside removing invasive plants from a small wooded area. It was too nice to spend the day indoors. I didn’t even get to cleaning up the Toro Wheelhouse garden tractor that I want to sell this spring.
With this delay in the arrival of spring, everything is moved back two to three weeks. Now people are calling for estimates. With demand high and sudden, just getting estimates and making decisions will be pushed back as well.
At REACH magazine, we are encouraging outdoor contractors to continue advertising with JUNE. It is right around the corner and consumers will be actively working on their homes through June. Our deadline for participating in the June REACH is just around the corner. The magazine closes out on May 4th and will be headed to press shortly after that date. If you want to take advantage of the late spring while consumers are still working on figuring out what they want, give me a call and lets talk.