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Local business still feeling effects of drought

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The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows 63% of South Dakota in the worst two categories of drought: extreme and exceptional.

That number is up more than 8% from last week.

"It definitely has not been easy for us as a business with the drought, especially going into winter. There's not even a forecast for snow for another month, it's been hard on the business," CSD Lawn and Snow Service employee Melisa Nichols said.

Business is CSD Lawn and Snow Service. Melisa Nichols says times are tough because there are bills and employees that need to be paid.

What's even more difficult is knowing she, and co-workers, have little control.

"If we did, we'd be having the green grass and the big huge piles of snow. You can only leave it up to the man upstairs," Nichols said.

Taking care of our own plants at home, Heath Zeigler at Cliff Avenue Greenhouse says even though it all looks dead, people give up too easily and shouldn't.

"It is still important that you water your trees, shrubs, evergreens through the winter time. If they don't have the proper amount of moisture through the winter, it's though on them in the spring," Heath Zeigler said.

While Zeigler can't predict what's ahead, he would hate to see it get much worse... if that's even possible. Nichols agrees. 

"This business has been going for 35 years and we've never had a drought like this, ever," she said.

Maintaining your plants and keeping them healthy through Spring is done simply by watering them at the root if the ground or temperatures haven't dipped below freezing.

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