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.

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

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.”

Photo by AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

Get­ting busy: Mark West­gate on the job

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