With the absence of any decent rain for a long time, there is barely enough grass in a job to fill a catcher for Michael Cordie of Commercial Klean Kut.
With the absence of any decent rain for a long time, there is barely enough grass in a job to fill a catcher for Michael Cordie of Commercial Klean Kut. Valerie Horton

Dry weather cuts into profits

TIMES have been tough for Michael Cordie, the owner of Commercial Klean Kut mowing service in Maryborough.

The ongoing dry weather means there hasn’t been a lot of grass around the Fraser Coast to mow and that has seen the business cut back on staff – but it has also seen the company branching out into new areas in an effort to keep growing.

It hasn’t stopped him from hoping for rain but Mr Cordie said it had given the business the chance to explore new opportunities.

“It has been very dry – unprecedented,” he said.

He said it had been one of the driest periods he could remember since he had been involved in the business.

“We’ve had to let go of some staff and expand into other areas, like mulching gardens. We’ve broadened our horizons.

“That’s what we’ve done as a commercial business.”

The team has also expanded into rubbish removal and gutter cleaning.

Mr Cordie said thetwo services were especially crucial in the dry weather as they helped remove potential fire and storm hazards.

“We have all these capabilities. We have a turf cutter; we’ve been constructing small gardens.”

The team has also been transporting small plants for its customers.

But Mr Cordie said that “in the way of cutting grass, it’s a non-event”.

“There’s nothing to cut.”

With the recent light rainfall around the Fraser Coast Mr Cordie is hopeful that life may return to the area’s brown lawns very soon and then the focus will be on maintaining the grass to keep them in the best possible condition.

“We’re looking at ways to preserve lawns.”



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