THE upcoming “green season” is dreaded by most local businesses, but for the gardening industry the Wet is when things grow wild in the tropics and business is booming.
Gardening and landscaping businesses are gearing up for their busiest time of the year as the clouds roll in for an expected wetter than average green season.
WOW Lawns & Gardens owner Mark Westgate has been running his own business for around 15 years and said the next six to seven months would be “pretty full-on with everything growing”.
The small business does not have to deal with too much red tape and the fluctuating tourism industry does not affect business.
“Whether the tourists are here or not it doesn’t matter, mainly it’s the weather conditions and it’s getting hot now,” he said.
“We do a lot of mulching and stoning and paving and that in the quiet season and come wet season it’s full on mowing, cutting back.”
The biggest issue is dealing with the competition. When Mark first started out there were four similar businesses and now there are around 14 and growing.
“There are a lot of people around doing the same things starting off, but you got to start somewhere - I was the same,” he said.
“There is a lot of competition around at the moment compared to when I first started but there’s plenty of work around for everyone.”
Getting busy: Mark Westgate on the job