June 13 2017 03:00 AM

You can have too much of a good thing, and rain is no exception, according to Tom Condon, president of Northern Landscape in Chepacet, Rhode Island. “I’ve been doing this for more than 40 years, and this is one of the worst springs for weather we’ve had,” he said. “It’s keeping us from getting the work done.”

Between March, April and May, the region has had 18 inches of rain, more than some areas of the country get all year. It’s the fifth wettest spring on record for Southern New England, and it’s drowning out the busy season for landscape companies.

Providence, Rhode Island experienced some amount of rain for 21 days last month, leaving Condon’s crews little time to work. They can’t mow, build or hydroseed. All they can do is mulch, and the delays have cost Condon customers.

“Once the ground gets wet and mucky, it’s nearly impossible to rake and manipulate,” he said. Still, at least, there’s a bright side for local plant material. “The grass is growing like crazy, and flowers are blooming spectacularly, but we’re hoping for some nice weather.”