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Landscapers taking advantage of the drier weather

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The sunshine today is a welcome sight for many people who's livelihood depends on drier weather.  

Many landscapers got an early start Thursday morning trying to catch up on all those overgrown lawns. 

The recent rain has caused some fungus issues as well.

Kyle Metcalf, owner of S&K Lawn Care out of Monson, is happy to get his crew out in the sunshine.

"It's good to have some dry weather.  It helps the machines and helps us do a better job for everybody," Metcalf said.

The rainy weather of late, mixed with random hits of sunshine, created a lot of tall grass.  

Metcalf told Western Mass News that his crews have become pseudo-meteorologists.

"Ya, trying to guess every day what the weather is going to be and when we can work and what we can do, it's been a little tricky," Metcalf noted.

Botanists said all the rain is great for mushrooms, which literally can appear overnight and multiply in rainy conditions.  They said the mushroom is actually not the fungus.  It is a growth from an organism living in the soil and the layer of organic matter on the surface. 

"It's just typically from over-watering and just an excessive amount of rain," Metcalf explained.  

In most cases, we're told they are harmless and can simply be mowed down.    

Another concern: drowning your lawn.  So much rain that can choke off oxygen grass needs to grow, creating root rot.  

Metcalf said that today's sunshine will help, but go easy.

"Just staying off the really wet spots.  You don't want to damage anything if you have any standing water or anything, just avoid it," Metcalf added.

With sunshine and then more rain in the forecast, Metcalf said that being a landscaper in Massachusetts is great, but challenging.

After all, "it's New England, yup," Metcalf said.

While the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture said that most are harmless, it is wise to assume that any type of mushroom growing in your yard or anywhere else for that matter is dangerous.  They said make sure your pets stay away and teach children to never touch or eat mushrooms.

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