As our company responds to COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees and customers remains our top priority. We are currently monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak closely. The work we do has been classified as an essential business under the current guideline and we are able to still conduct our business as usual, and to service our properties and clients with precautions in place. We remain committed to helping keep essential services open and providing the best care for our customers' living assets.
We are committed to being there for our customers and employees. Here’s how we’re responding.
Per recommendations from the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and the CDC we have taken measures at our offices to minimize the interaction between our crews coming and going into our shops to keep those grouping numbers down. Our crews are practicing social distancing recommendations as well as sanitation recommendations as well. We are doing constant cleaning and disinfection measures both in our offices, vehicles and warehouses.
Further we have worked with our salesman to do the same when they are conducting your Free estimates.
Also, we have limited the number of personnel in our offices to ensure proper social distancing. All employees who are able are working from home.
We are aware that both Dallas County and Tarrant County have enacted stay-in-place orders to help stop the spread of the virus. Recently, other state and local officials across our nation have enacted similar temporary “lockdowns.” We anticipate other municipalities and states to take similar precautionary steps. The “lockdown” issued by these governments exempt “essential services,” pertinent for the landscape industry is the below portion of the exemption:
ix. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses
For the foregoing reasons, landscape services should be deemed “essential.”
Landscapers are protectors of public health performing essential treatments to lawns and green spaces to reduce the transmission of dangerous and deadly diseases through pests like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.
Landscapers protect property and maintain greenspaces that could otherwise jeopardize public safety. Unkept fields and green spaces increase the chance of injuries. Crime rates are increased in areas where green spaces are not maintained. Tree removal is also a critical function of our industry to avoid damaging homes and their families.
Landscapers play a critical role in boosting morale and mental health during a difficult time for our Nation. Without landscape services fields, parks, businesses, and homes will become overgrown and unkept, which can have dramatic psychological effects on the mental and wellbeing of our communities.
Spring is a critical time of year for our industry due to the abundance of growth that requires prompt maintenance and care. Any halt or delay in landscape services during this time of year only magnifies potential safety problems and become much more difficult to maintain later in the year.
Lastly, our industry is taking aggressive steps within our organizations to stop the transmission of COVID-19. Because our industry functions outside, this greatly reduces the chances to come into contact with other individuals. Within the industry, strong policies are being put in place to maintain social distancing with both clients and within our teams that are working in the field.
We are all in this together, and the landscape industry stands with you, our public officials, to stop the rapid transmission of COVID-19 while also continuing to perform those essential functions that are necessary within our communities.
We thank you for your continued support of our small business and ask that you please take care of yourselves and one another.
Your Team here at Baldi Gardens, Inc