ILLINOIS STAY AT HOME ORDER - LANDSCAPE VERIFIED AS ESSENTIAL SERVICE: As we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we are ensuring that we do our part to preserve the health, safety, and well-being of the public, our clients, and our employees. As of late Sunday night, March 22, landscaping and lawn care has been considered an essential service according to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and serves as a critical component to supporting public health and safety. Our services support public health and safety in the following ways:
- We are about to enter the wettest three months in Illinois. Landscape contractors handle all aspects of storm water management during these periods. This can include moving water away from properties and foundations. Quarantined families do not need to worry about flooded basements and window wells.
- Landscape contractors deal with large standing water in residential backyards that is a harbinger for mosquitoes and other pests.
- All plants, grass, and weeds are going to flourish for the next 3 months. Tall grass and weeds provide habitat for mice and vermin. We cannot expect an infirmed older person to cut their own grass and we worry about an explosion of mice, vermin, ticks, and mosquitoes if landscapes are not maintained. These pests will get into homes and cause disruption to cleanliness and food supplies and are a source for secondary diseases that can cause complications with COVID-19.
- Unkempt spring and summer landscapes will bring about large concentrations of pollen. Pollen is great for gardens and pollinators, but difficult for those with asthma who could see complications from COVID-19.
- Landscape contractors deal with dead or diseased plant material that can cause harm to people, houses, and structures.
- If spring brings its typical wind and rain events there will be downed trees, branches, and debris. Landscape contractors are often the first professionals onsite clearing roads, sidewalks, decks, and porches of downed material after these events.
The full release from the office of Governor Pritzker can be found here:
Can residential and commercial lawn service remain open?
Yes. Many landscape projects will fit under an exemption such as construction, agriculture, or public works. Outdoor landscape projects generally will provide for good social distancing that poses little risk of transmission, but it still is important to ensure the ability to wash or sanitize hands and take other precautions.
It is our responsibility to support public health initiatives, protect property and maintain greenspaces that jeopardize public safety, and improve psychological and mental wellbeing. Spring is a critical time with an abundance of growth that will require prompt maintenance and care. As has been mentioned in our previous communications, our office has implemented substantial policies to follow all federal, state, and local health and safety guidelines for social distancing (including elimination of all physical contact or spacing within six feet) and sanitation to ensure the health and safety of our clients and employees.
It has been, and always will be, McAdam’s highest priority to protect the health and safety of the public, our clients, and our employees. It is our commitment to service your needs in these very trying times and we stand as a partner in doing our part to support the initiatives set forth by public health and safety authorities.
Before the commencement of any services, we will contact you to ensure your level of comfort with us performing the given work. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office or your direct contact at McAdam Landscaping. We are all in this together and are committed to supporting a safe and healthy service environment.