Adapting, operating and lending a hand: TLC’s top 10 stories for April 2020

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As part of Total Landscape Care’s look back on 2020, here are the top 10 stories during the month of April.

10. Landscapers continue to operate through “game-changing” COVID-19

Photo: Utopian LandscapesPhoto: Utopian Landscapes

The day-to-day operations of landscaping businesses have changed significantly for everyone across the nation since the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), and for those still operating, it’s been anything but business as usual.

Take a look at how some landscapers have adapted their work schedules to COVID-19, as well as what they are doing to prepare their business for the coming months.

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9. Landscapers give customers something to look forward to during COVID-19

Photo: Beth Presley/Total Landscape CarePhoto: Beth Presley/Total Landscape Care

Even though morale might be dropping in the midst of COVID-19 (coronavirus), there are still ways that landscapers can help boost the spirits of their employees and those in their community.

Take a look at how Brian Chapman, director of fleet and facilities with Lambert Landscape Company in Dallas, Texas, and Scott Myatt, owner of Myatt Landscaping Concepts in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, are actively working to make sure their employees are feeling cared for, as well as how they are looking after their communities.

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8.Landscapers emphasize employee safety and health during COVID-19

Photo: Myatt LandscapingPhoto: Myatt Landscaping

Landscapers continue to face the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) every day, and business operations aren’t getting any easier.

For Brian Chapman, director of fleet and facilities with Lambert Landscape Company in Dallas, Texas, and Scott Myatt, owner of Myatt Landscaping Concepts in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, the show must go on, but as with every operational company out there, they have had to make some big changes.

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7. Community outreach: Landscapers giving back during uncertain times

Photo: Farmside Landscaping & DesignPhoto: Farmside Landscaping & Design

The effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have spread far and wide, leaving many quarantined in their homes and numerous hospitalized.

During this time, landscapers around the country have begun searching for ways to give back to their communities and raise the spirits of not only their customers but also those of healthcare workers and patients.

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6. Lawn care: The dirt on Kentucky bluegrass

Closeup of Kentucky bluegrass

Probably one of the first types of turfgrass the average homeowner could name on the spot, Kentucky bluegrass is a well-known cool-season grass that is popular for its color and texture.

Despite having Kentucky in the name, this grass didn’t originate from there, but rather it’s native to Europe and northern Asia. Kentucky bluegrass features the highest-cold tolerance of all the cool-season grass species and has a rich green color.

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5. Logging in: NALP hosts virtual NCLC event in response to coronavirus

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After the cancellation of this year’s National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), participants were offered the chance to still attend the event, but instead of meeting in person, the event took place online.

Originally scheduled for mid-March at Michigan State University (MSU), NCLC allows students, faculty and green industry companies the chance to network and discuss career opportunities, as well as allow students the chance to participate in landscaping competitions.

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4. Adapting to the new norm: Making the most of temporary closure during COVID-19

Photo: Moccia Lawn and Landscape, Inc.Photo: Moccia Lawn and Landscape, Inc.

Daily operations are looking different for landscapers nowadays with the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and some companies have temporarily shut down physical labor jobs due to their non-essential business status.

If you are currently experiencing a temporary closure of your physical operations, keep in mind that there are still numerous tasks that can be accomplished in the meantime.

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3. Business as (un)usual: Daily operations in the midst of coronavirus

Photo: The University of Mary WashingtonPhoto: The University of Mary Washington

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), landscaping business owners nationwide have been taking stock of their current work situations to determine what is best for their company and their employees.

Some businesses have voluntarily shut their doors, while others have been forced to temporarily close due to state or local orders, but for those out there still reporting to work, there are many adjustments they’ve had to make.

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2. Is your landscaping business covered for COVID-19 related losses?

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You know, I’m surprised more politicians don’t come out of insurance. The whole industry excels at giving vague responses that avoid answering your direct questions. This is not out of malicious intent to confuse you, but rather to avoid giving you misleading or false information.

The truth involving insurance coverage is: It just depends. Insurance companies avoid giving specific answers unless they have precedence through firsthand experience, or the policy explicitly says something regarding the situation in question. This reality leaves your insurance agent hanging in the balance of wanting to provide accurate, clear information to you, the insured, yet being limited to the information available from the underwriter.

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1. How the FFCRA and CARES Act can help landscapers continue operations

man holding blue clipboard with families first coronavirus response act

Numerous landscaping companies are still finding it hard to continue operating their businesses, even though many are now deemed essential workers, and now could be the time to look into programs such as the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Take a look at the qualifications of both acts, as well as how they can benefit landscaping company owners during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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