While many people are appreciative of mild winters, the lack of snow can potentially hurt business for landscape contractors who rely on snow removal as a source of income during the winter months.
This is the case for many contractors in St. Clair County, Michigan, according to an on the Times Herald website. Ron Salisbury, owner of Downriver Lawn and Landscape in Marine City, says his snow removal business is mostly organized through two- or three-year contracts.
Not only has snow removal been slow, but since the start of last year's season, salt prices rose significantly. Salisbury says he was paying about $60 per ton last season, which jumped up to about $150 per ton this year.
The lack of snow this year has not lowered prices back to their previous levels, he says in the article. Salisbury's older contracts have the previous, lower salt price factored into the rate, impacting his bottom line.
John Santo, owner of JSM Landscaping in Fort Gratiot, Michigan, is in similar situation, and salt prices are also affecting him. His company has about seven plow trucks and can go through upwards of 200 tons of salt in an average winter season.
The Detroit Metro Airport recorded only 0.5 inches of snow in December, while it was 22.5 inches during the same month in 2017. That little snow is a rare occurrence, according to experts.