No Splendor in the Grass

MIDDLETOWN- With more lawns turning brown, “business has dropped substantially,” says Tim McCarey, owner of McCarey Landscaping Inc. in Middletown, N.Y., which offers lawn-care and landscaping services. He estimates revenues are down by about 30% from this time a year ago, and says he’s had to reduce the number of workers he employs during summer to 38 from more than 50. “We’ve had to lay off people because the dryness affected us so much.”

By Sarah E. Needleman

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