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Local lawn care guy learned tricks to beat the heat

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Updated: 6/19/2013 6:28 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Not many people were out and about on the southside Wednesday afternoon in the peak of the heat.  But the yards in the area were cut and groomed. One local man spends his days out in the heat making that happen. 

Air conditioning units are already working on overdrive. And it isn't even officially summer yet. But not everyone has the luxury of keeping cool inside.

For Adam Karczewski and his lawn care business, For Our Family Lawn Care, this is when his phone really starts ringing.

"You just kind of get used to the weather and it doesn't seem as hot as it does for most folks," he said.

He said temps in the low 90's is nothing. In the peak of summer, he's sweating it out in 100 degree heat. He does all the work himself. But he does it with a smile.

"If you're out in it all day you kind of stay hot. Leave your windows open, don't get hot and cold hot and cold, it just doesn't seem as hot as it would be if you just stepped out of a/c, that's when it makes it feel really hot," he said.

Karczewski keeps his truck stocked with all the hot weather essentials. He's been in business since 2004 and told Action News he's had some close calls.

"You just got to make sure you get something to eat and drink a lot of fluids, kind of the regular stuff. I drink about two gallons of water a day."

And he said he's learned along the way a few other tricks of the trade to beat the heat -- he used to go shirtless, but learned a lightweight shirt actually helps him stay cooler. Despite the danger, Karczewski said he wouldn't trade this job any day.

"Yeah working 10, 12 hour days they wonder how you do it but it pays well and I love being outside. I wouldn't have it any different," he said.

You'd think rain would provide Karczewski with a little relief, but he told Action News that actually makes his job harder because the grass is thicker and its harder to blow the trimmings off.


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