People in fields like landscaping and construction made the most of the dry weather seen in some spots to get caught up on jobs slowed down by the rain. YNN's Sarah Blazonis tells us what the soggy season could mean for businesses.
ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Saturdays are normally a day off from landscape projects for Tim Ballantyne, but this summer, no dry day can be taken for granted.
"The weather's been horrible this year in terms of a contractor's viewpoint...So, we're working extra time to finish up our projects to stay on a decent schedule," said Ballantyne, co-owner of Ballantyne Gardens in Liverpool.
The same goes for construction businesses, and for small operations, keeping up is a challenge.
"I'm a small contractor, I primarily work by myself," said Rick Warner, owner of Rick Warner Construction in Tully. "So, I don't have the luxury of when I have nice days to maybe move crews around to take care of three or four people."
The pros say what puts the biggest damper on landscaping plans is when the soil is over-saturated.
"There are definitely times when you can't be on the property or you're going to compact the soil or create ruts that you'll have to go back and repair and do more damage than good," said Lisa Ballantyne, co-owner of Ballantyne Gardens.
Dry ground is also needed when it comes to building level structures, pouring concrete, or laying walkways. And when one business is held up, it isn't long before there's a ripple effect.
"Now the mason might be behind, so I can't get my dig ahead of time if he's behind because the wet weather will just make the ditch sloppy and wet," said Warner.
Ballantyne and Warner say the wet weather hasn't caused them any major setbacks, but with landscape work making up half his business, Ballantyne says he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
"We're taking advantage of at least two days without any rain any summer. We're going to make best use of this time," said Warner.
And with last year's final projects wrapping up in December, businesses say they still have time to make up for this rainy season.