Recent Rains Have Lawn Care Workers Happy and Hustling

Four consecutive days of soaking rains have brought many lawns and weeds back to life and that new green is putting much needed green into the pockets of area yard care workers.

Showers started in a large part of Texoma on Sunday and didn't stop until four days later.

And the rare sound of rain drops has given rise to another sound around Wichita Falls-- the sound of lawnmowers.

Maintaining lawns has been Billy McCall's trade for several decades.

He says recent rains have him grinning from ear to ear.

"We love it.,.. the rain because before then, we were all thinking, how much longer are we going to be working? We're fixing to have to shut down because there's nothing growing and there's nothing to do," says McCall, owner of Billy McCall's Growing Concern.

Lawn care companies have been hard hit by the strict water restrictions in place for months and the more restrictive the water restrictions became, the less the grass grew.

"I've been doing this for 30 years and I've never seen it in this kind of shape or this dry as we've had it this year," McCall says.

But now that the rain has come, it has landscaping crews happy and hustling.

"We're trying to catch up from the first few days that we missed this week because of the rain. So now we're doubling up trying to catch up and put five days into two days or three days. So, yea, we're busy and we love it," McCall says.

The "love" won't last very long.

Rains from Sunday through yesterday showered the Wichita Falls area 1 to 2 inches of rain.

And with the return of triple digit temperatures in the forecast this weekend it won't take long for the ground to dry out and the growing grass to slow back down.

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