During COVID-19, Stepping Up As An Essential Business

Apr. 13th, 2020 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Amid the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, landscaping companies have been categorized as an “essential business” by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

That is because landscaping supports public health and safety in many ways, including:

  1. We are about to enter the wettest three months, and we handle all aspects of storm water management.
  2. We address large standing water in residential backyards that enable mosquitoes and other pests to flourish.
  3. We address all plants, grass, and weeds that provide habitat for mice and vermin. These pests can get into homes and disrupt cleanliness and food supplies.
  4. Unkempt spring and summer landscapes will bring about large concentrations of pollen—great for gardens and pollinators, but difficult for asthmatics who could see complications from COVID-19.
  5. We deal with dead or diseased plant material that can cause harm to people, houses, and other structures.
  6. We are often the first professionals onsite clearing roads, sidewalks, decks, and porches of downed trees, branches and debris after wind and rain events.

During this crucial, trying time, we take our role very seriously. For more details about our response to COVID-19, visit www.mcadamlandscape.com. To learn more about Governor Pritzker’s executive order detailing essential businesses and operations, visit www.tinyurl.com/IllinoisEssentialBiz.

Together, we will emerge from this difficult time stronger than ever!

This installment of "Ask the Plant Expert" will be published in the April 15, 2020 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.