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COVID-19 Resources

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

 

 
COVID-19 vaccine efforts throughout the nation are steadily expanding. To help landscape industry companies navigate the next phase of the COVID-19 epidemic as the vaccine roll-out progresses, we’ve provided HR guidance and information about  the steps you can take to protect your business, your customers, and your employees.
 

Guidance for Employers

 

Can Employers Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines?

Generally, employers may require that all employees take this vaccine due to the risk of contagion to other employees, customers, and other third parties. If an employee cannot take a vaccine due to bona fide medical or religious reasons, the employer has the right to require substantiation of those reasons and should then consider if other accommodations may be available.

Additional Resources:

 

How to Talk About the Vaccine

Companies are encouraged to talk with employees and share the facts about COVID-19 vaccines to help dispel some of the myths and misinformation.

 
Additional useful COVID resources may be found here:

AmericanHort

National Association of Landscape Professionals

United States Department of Labor

Nursery and Garden Center Guidelines

Policy Standards

OSHA Standards

Preparing Your Workplace

Returning to Work

WVNLA worked with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture to advocate for the inclusion of growers, landscapers and garden centers in the list of “essential” businesses as a growing number of states closed businesses deemed “non-essential.”

West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt and a representative of Governor Jim Justice’s office both confirmed that lawn and landscape maintenance and garden centers fall in the “essential” business category under the Governor’s COVID19 executive order and may continue to operate. Strict safety policies should be enforced, including hand and equipment sanitizing, maintaining social distance of six feet and sanitizing any gates, door knobs, or latches that crews might touch on customer’s properties. Garden centers may offer curb-side pick up for cautious shoppers. 

Growers and sellers of vegetable and fruit plants and fruit and nut trees are obvious contributors to the food supply and must remain open. During this crisis, many Americans will see the wisdom of growing their own food, as the did with Victory Gardens during war times. They’ll purchase those plants at garden centers.

Landscapers are partners in public health and safety, maintaining lawns and green spaces with special treatments to reduce disease-carrying insects and pests. Crime rates increase in areas where green spaces are unkempt. Tree trimming and removal services prevent structural and service line damage.

And let’s not forget the spirit-lifting powers of a flourishing landscape. Good luck to all of you!

Barberry in WV

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Wonderful West Virginia magazine featured an article in the January issue on WVDA’s ban of barberry as a landscape plant. Author MiKenna Pierotti covered the subject with information supplied by WVNLA and others. Read the article on the links below.

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Welcome New Members

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WVNLA welcomes the following new members:

Baileys Gardens & Landscaping, Inc.

Active member

Arthur Ebeling

419 S. Mildred Street

Charles Town, WV 25414

304-901-6782

BaileysGardens.com

Landscape architect or designer and construction, landscape and lawn maintenance, hardscape installation.

 

City of Morgantown

Urban Landscapes

Associate member

Marchetta Maupin

389 Spruce Street

Morgantown, WV 26505

morgantownwv.gov

304-284-7422

Municipal public garden.

 

East River Landscapes

Active member

Ryan Moody

227 Parkway St.

Bluefield, WV 24701

304-774-5741

Landscape construction, lawn and landscape maintenance, Christmas tree grower.

 

Meadow Farms Nurseries and Landscape

Associate member

43054 John Mosby Highway

Chantilly, VA 20152

703-327-3940

meadowsfarms.com

Landscape and lawn maintenance, hardscape design and installation, retail garden center. 

 

RPM Services

Active member

Jeff Roy

600 6th Avenue

St. Albans, WV 25177

304-722-0078

Landscape architect or designer, , landscape construction, landscape and lawn maintenance, hardscape design and installation, landscape lighting, irrigation, seasonal lighting.

 

Penn Line Services, Inc.

Associate Group

David Lynn, president

300 Scottdale Ave.

Scottdale, PA 15683

724-887-9110

pennline.com

Aborists – tree services.

 

Jason Testman

Individual Professional

374 Kanawha Salines Drive

Malden, West Virginia 25306

304-419-0106

Landscape architect.

Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse turns COVID-19 losses into smiles

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Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse supplies multitudes of churches with their potted Easter lilies and flowering bulbs. So what happens when COVID-19 forces the closure of churches, who then cancel their Easter flower orders? Undaunted, Gritt’s owners found a grateful recipients for these springtime beauties. Kudos to Gritt’s for bringing cheer to nursing home residents who aren’t allowed visitors during the virus outbreak. Read the details here.