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Welcome New Members

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WVNLA welcomes the following new members:

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.

COVID-19 Resources

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As our members struggle to determine how to best keep employees safe and businesses going during the pandemic, reliable resources and guidelines can be hard to find. Useful 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!

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.

Governor’s business closure order

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UPDATE: MARCH 24

West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt and a representative of Governor Jim Justice 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. He urged that strict safety policies 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 might consider offer curb-side pick up for cautious customers. He is not aware of plans to institute enforcement measures. 

More detailed information on safety for our industry can be found at:

AmericanHort

National Association of Landscape Professionals

United States Department of Labor

 

MARCH 23 — Today West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice issued a “Stay Home” order, closing all “non-essential” businesses, effective Tuesday, March 24 at 8 p.m. WVNLA advocated with the governor’s office to secure a listing of “essential” for garden centers, lawn and landscape maintenance, growers and nurseries. 

The 15-page order does not specifically reference garden centers or landscapers. Lawn and landscape maintenance providers appear to be covered by Section l Critical Trades: “other service providers who provide service that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, essential activities and essential business and operations.”

West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt indicates that garden centers, especially those selling fruit and nut trees and vegetable and herb plants and seeds, are covered under Section C “Agriculture.”

West Virginia landscapers, growers, and garden centers are working to decide how to best keep employees and customers safe and businesses going during the pandemic. Businesses that continue to operate should diligently observe safety guidelines, such as those found here. Garden centers that remain open might want to consider curb-side pick up for customers. 

We wish everyone the best in these trying times. Contact Julie Robinson at 304-553-1234 or with any suggestions or questions.