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Rain Cuts Down on Mowing Opportunities

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All of the rain this June has really been cutting down on some much-needed mow time.

On a sunny day, many people and professionals get out to hack down what they can, when they can.

Business in Dickinson has been booming.

Not just oil jobs, but on a sunny day big equipment is also out in force knocking down its competition.

"This is a Gravely, it just helps to mow, it goes a lot slower but it cuts down the higher grass, just more horse-power." says Logan Suter, city worker.

Logan Suter has been working for the city for around five years.

This year he says the grass has been growing like crazy.

"Sometimes we have to use different machines because our old mowers just get clogged down, so we've got to get the big ones out." says Suter.

He's one of around seven crews in the city pulling heavy duty.

"Usually we can get a couple of guys together and girls, and just hammer out the mowing with a couple mowers, but this year it's been really slow-going, and we have to watch where we shoot it, because we can't see what's in there, sometimes there's metal, golf balls, baseballs and stuff."

Although it's mostly for aesthetics, clearing up this interstate exit may also cut down on some blind spots.

You can easily see in and out of town just how green it is, but with the weather we've been having, all workers have to get up pretty early to stay ahead.

"I've been awake at night while it's been raining and wondering how I'm going to catch up, but luckily I have Sam, I just drag him outta bed in the morning and say we're going." says Berni Spradley, All Seasons Yard Work owner.

All the lawn jobs has been growing one family business.

Berni and Samuel Spradley can't take on any more customers because they're so busy.

"It's been growing a lot faster, and it's definitely a lot wetter, we've hauled away a lot of water with the grass." says Berni.

"A lot less dust, and a lot cleaner and easier, but more stuff to haul away too." says Samuel.

As long as Samuel has his music on while he mows, he says he's good.

For others in the area, the sounds and sights of rainfall is still sweet.

"This part of the state, when you get rain, you just better take it because July will come and it's going to be a different story." says Berni Spradley.

Berni says she gets up around 5:30 in the morning to check her equipment, then she and her son start mowing for customers until all the lawns get done, or until the rain shuts them down.

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