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Landscaping businesses are hurting because of the snowless season.

Record Journal, Meriden, Conn. | February 22, 2012

WALLINGFORD, Conn. - Local residents have been enjoying unseasonably warm weather over the past couple of weeks. On weekend, parks are filled with children. More games of Frisbee are being played, and youths without jackets are riding their bikes.

But while some people are enjoying the weather, it's not fun and games for everyone.

Landscaping and snow removal businesses are feeling the effects of a practically snowless season.

"We haven't done any snow removal," said Larry Russo, owner of Nine Yards Property Care in Wallingford. He owns one plow and typically provides service to 28 customers, but there has been nothing to plow.

Russo said he and his son, Bryan, have been covering expenses by doing yardwork for clients. If the weather continues to stay warm, Russo said, it's possible mulching and springtime work will begin sooner rather than later.

Since July 2011, 19 inches of snow has been recorded in Windsor Locks, but 12.9 inches came in the October snowstorm, said Gary Lessor, assistant to the director of meteorological studies at Western Connecticut State University. This time last season, the state had already seen 78 inches of snow within three months, Lessor said.

"I'm sitting on thousands of dollars of inventory for de-icing operations," said Nicholas Murano, owner of Ice Fighters in Wallingford. "I have to carry a huge overhead just to be prepared."

If Murano doesn't buy de-icing materials from certain suppliers, he is released as a customer.

"It's been a negative cash flow for overhead," Murano said. He has several vehicles to maintain, including two loaders, two heavy-duty plows and five light-duty plows.

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