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WESTFIELD/LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB)- Most of the ground is clear of snow, but if your plan is to go out in the garden, you may want to reconsider.
Digging into the soil a couple inches, may lead you to nothing but a hard layer of ice.

The longer and colder the winter, the deeper the frost line in the ground.

For workers A Signature Fence in Westfield, the consistent cold we had this winter continues to effect business.

“Last year we started earlier versus this year it’s just been really bad. We’re still fighting 6 inches of frost right now at this time,” says Mark Arena, of A Signature Fence.

Their tools are just now getting tuned up for the season; they’ve been dulled while digging through the hard ground.

“Using the jack hammers and drills they are just all worn out and it’s time to sharpen them all up,” Arena adds.

It’s not impossible to do the work when the ground is still frozen, but the harder to dig means the more it costs for homeowners.

“It’s usually a minimum of $500-$600 dollars to put a piece of machinery like this to do a one hour task, whereas if you wait until the ground is thawed it costs $300 to do a percolation test. It’s a considerable difference,” says Chris Lemek, of C. Lemek and Sons Construction in Ludlow.

For a percolation test to correctly design a septic system, they use a 40 thousand pound machine. However they hope to soon transition to a 12 thousand pound mini- excavator to do the work.

Workers expect it will take at least another couple of weeks to thaw.

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