Lawnmowers called in to snitch supergrass
By JULIA ILES
WHILE constant rain might sound romantic on a tin roof, it is an annoyance for people with lawns which have to be mown with more regularity.
And it's too bad for those without dryers as the clothes may get drenched on the line for some time yet, as rain is forecast over the next few months.
The chances of above average rainfall from January to March is around 55 per cent, according to a spokesperson for the Bureau of Meteorology in Coffs Harbour.
In December Grafton received 116mm of rainfall, and so far in January 103mm, which the spokesman said, 'is up quite a lot from last year'.
Average rainfall from 1917-2005 in Grafton is 132.1mm for January, 130mm for February and 122.8mm for March.
Temperatures have remained normal and are predicted to follow seasonal averages ? January 30.1C, February 29.9 and March 27.6.
For the lawnmower stockist and repairer, Maclean Motors, rain brings a surge in business.
"The ball started rolling after the storm on December 1 and we have been extremely busy for the last few weeks, so the rain for us is a good thing," owner Peter Brossman said.
"We really need the rain anyway for the ground, but there have been a lot of people generally complaining about having to mow more often and their mower blades wear out more often."
Due to the amount of business, he has had at times needed to send people to other repairers.
One South Grafton man is frustrated at having to mow his lawn.
"It has grown about 20cm since Sunday, along with crazylooking fungus, and it's almost a full-time job just keeping the lawn cut. I feel sorry for people who have larger blocks," he said.
"I also know a friend who just bought a new lawnmower, used it three times, and got so sick of mowing that he is now paying people to cut it for him. It just seems to be the perfect conditions for lawn growth."