I hope this finds you and your loved ones in good health, persistent in finding myriad ways to engage in fruitful vocation during this unique and disruptive time.
We will begin services this week.
There has been some confusion over the definition of “essential” during this COVID-19 pandemic. Essential has always begun with “food, water and shelter”, and ends, exactly where . . . ? and how . . . ?
Recognizing that many basic landscape and garden items would likely be addressed by Mother Nature for us, while also wanting to heed caution as we emerged from Winter, I felt a responsibility to hit the pause button at the outset this Spring. Essentially, I wanted to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved, fully assess the unique circumstances of the pandemic, and reinforce awareness that things are not business as usual out there. To be clear: these drivers remain.
For the State of Illinois and specifically Chicago, most landscape work has been classified as essential. Surely, you have witnessed landscapers at work this Spring. The Illinois Landscape Contractors Association cites the regular mediation of many public safety concerns: monitoring and inspecting for safety issues, insect controls, assisting those in need, and keeping homes safe and dry as pillars of essential garden work.
Absolutely. Moreover, I think many of us would further agree that helping people feel good through the joy of the garden, to feel at home, if not normal, might also be essential to our well-being and good health.
For these reasons, we go forward with care.
Precautions. Our entire team has been continuing to follow guidelines outlined by the CDC and local officials. All are well. Initially, we will be wearing masks, washing hands and using hand sanitizer regularly, implementing policies of 1 employee per truck, and maintaining social distance from one another, clients, and public as much as possible.
Requests. I ask that, wherever practical, you please confirm outdoor water faucets at your home are on, as our service crew will want to wash hands often. Of course, I also ask for your continued patience.
I hope you do not feel compromised in any way due to my decision to wait, and I truly appreciate your patience and understanding at this time as we diligently and mindfully address our work. Things may be delayed this Spring, and although we may not be able to be as responsive as you have come to expect, I promise we will work in earnest to address all needs in the most timely fashion possible.
As always, I extend our continued thanks for entrusting us with the care of your gardens. Please reach out to me with any and all concerns.
David L. Moffett