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Lack of snow hurts Middle Tenn. businesses

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The lack of snow this winter is hurting several middle Tennessee businesses.

Many businesses, like Smart Scapes, depend on Mother Nature to keep them busy during the winter months. But despite the lack of snow, businesses still have to prepare.

During the winter, Smart Scapes pre-treats and plows the parking lots of commercial and retail businesses.

David Schmutz, manager of Smart Scapes expected to be very busy this weekend after hearing snow predictions earlier in the week..

However instead of working on Saturday, the snow plows sat outside his south Nashville shop.

"Our poor plows are just sitting over there rusting," Schmutz told Nashville's News 2.

This weekend has been one of many another false alarms for Smart Scapes this winter, "We get excited but there's a lot of work that goes into it [preparing for snow] as well we have to put [ice] spreaders on trucks, plows on trucks, we have to make sure everything is running and in top condition to go."

It takes the Smart Scapes team several hours to prep their five trucks for any type of snowfall.

While crews did pre-treat several commercial and retail parking lots on Friday, there the company didn't have any snow to remove on Saturday.

However, when that snow doesn't arrive as predicted, it hurts business.

"It actually is really hard to make money in this type of weather because if we aren't removing snow we're out landscaping or hard scraping and obviously when it's cold and wet you can't do either you have to wait until the weather clears up," Schmutz said.

Schmutz is hopeful middle Tennessee is done with the snow this year because for businesses like Smart Scapes, spring weather can't come soon enough.

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