Manitoba

Hot weather hurting Manitoba landscapers

The hot weather of recent weeks has been great for most Manitobans but lawns in Winnipeg are suffering and so are the companies that mow them.

The hot, sunny weather of recent weeks has been great for most Manitobans — after all, its kept the mosquito count down after a spring that was a washout.

But lawns in Winnipeg are suffering, and so are the companies that mow them.

Lawns that aren't getting regular sprinkling are turning yellow in the summer heat. (CBC)

The heat wave is "cutting our profits probably by about half for the season," said Randy Van de Mosselaer of Cutting Edge Enterprises.

The Winnipeg businessman said his crews usually visit his customers once a week, but that figure has fallen to once a month this summer.

"It's cut back on the amount of hours for all of our employees big time," he said.  "What's normally a 40-plus hour work week is now turned into two or three days full time. So they have their families and other expenses to take care of, and it's hurting them big time."

City workers could soon be feeling the pinch as well: Mowing is expected to be down 25-30 per cent over the next few weeks, said Dave Domke, the city's manager of parks and open spaces.

"We'll be looking at early layoffs as a result of this dry weather, particularly if it goes into September," Domke said.

However, not everybody is unhappy about the baking temperatures.

"Oh, that's been good because … the grass doesn't grow, so I don't have to cut the grass," said Mariella Kusumoto.

And the word from CBC meterologist John Sauder? More dry weather is on the way.

With files from the CBC's Mychaylo Prystupa