LIMA — As we push deeper into spring and restrictions on businesses are lifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the landscaping work that’s been pushed aside is now moving forward in the area.
Allentown Nursery has seen an uptick in their business in recent weeks as businesses and homeowners spruce up their properties.
“Well, our landscaping business is great,” said Roger Niemeyer, owner of Allentown Nursery. “We just opened up this week at the nursery for retail sales and they’ve been pretty good.”
The nice weather is proving beneficial to getting things done around the house.
“I’ve had my landscape crews working now for about three weeks and we’re backed up also — probably booked probably for another three weeks or so,” Niemeyer said. “We do anything that anybody needs to be done. We do all kinds of maintenance, we do tear outs, we do new houses, we redo everything, plant trees. We’ve done a lot of that.”
Their work crews comply with the social distancing aspect of the Ohio Health Department’s orders.
“They’re outside all the time so they don’t have any contact with the homeowners so that’s the easy part. Here at the nursery, we’ve got five acres so people aren’t bumping heads here. When I go and make calls on people in their home, I wear the mask,” Niemeyer said.
Tuttle Construction is still waiting on business to pick up.
“We’ve seen a little impact from it,” said Brent Stechschulte, vice president of Tuttle Construction. “You’ve had a few customers that have stopped some of the projects while this is going on, just to give it a minute and give everybody a minute to breathe here. So we’ve seen a little bit of an impact to our work. That’s never a good thing, especially in the spring, when we’re supposed to be starting things up.”
Tuttle Construction is keeping busy in the Lima area with projects underway at both Lima hospitals.
“Fortunately, I guess for us, the governor allowed construction, certain components to be considered essential services. We have been working on several medical facilities which are critical infrastructures. So we’ve been able to keep working a lot of those projects,” Stechschulte said.
Tuttle is hoping to add new work as businesses start making decisions regarding capital projects.
“We’re seeing a lot of bids being requested, but not a lot of work issued yet. It will come, but it’s like they’re waiting to see when some of the restrictions are released,” Stechschulte said.
The weekend was a busy one for Kayla’s Greenhouse on North Cole Street in Lima. People packed its parking lot to try to get plants and vegetables.
“Business has been great this year, considering the circumstances,” said Kayla Dahlinghaus, owner of Kayla’s Greenhouse. “We’ve definitely sold more earlier this year than we have in previous years. We’re grateful and blessed that we had the opportunity to open. Things have just been great.”
She believes they’ll sell out earlier than in year’s past and is encouraged more people are tending to a garden.
“The governor and Dr. Amy Acton, have encouraged people to get out in their yards. It’s a healthy hobby and being outside is really what people need right now, so that has definitely helped business and the weather this year has been great. We’ve had some really nice days,” Dahlinghaus said.
Like any other business, Kayla’s is complying with the orders concerning preventing the spread of COVID-19.
“On Monday all of us, employee-wise, will be wearing our facemask. It’s going to be a little toasty in the greenhouse with a facemask on. We’ve been sanitizing carts and I’ve got the doors open, trying to get the fresh air moving through, trying to make people feel comfortable. It’ll be challenging at times with the six-foot distance (requirement) but we’re just doing our best,” Dahlinghaus said.
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