Lawn care businesses stretched thin with high gas prices
Gas prices are the highest we've seen in almost three years and AAA of Michigan says don't expect relief anytime soon.
Drivers are feeling the pain at the pump, but the lawn care business is feeling it too.
They say although those gas prices continue to go up, what they charge their customers stay the same.
Eric Frey owns Extreme Landscaping and Lawn Care in Saginaw and he says they lock in the prices for their services at the start of the season.
But the business relies heavily on fuel.
"Everything we do we're burning fuel, whether we're driving to a job or whether we're on a job mowing grass, we've got equipment out there burning fuel constantly," says Frey.
With their prices being locked in for the season, there's no way to get around it.
"Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot of adjustment we can make it really just comes out of the bottom dollar at the end of the day," says Frey.
And it leads to a trickle down effect on the back end.
"It's less money that we have in the account at the end of the month, it's less money to buy new equipment so that effects the power equipment dealers that we buy from and you know less money to hire new people to expand," says Frey.
Frey says he won't stress over what he can't control, he just hopes to see the prices drop soon.