Across the country, lawn care and landscape workers are finding ways to help others in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In North Gulfport, Mississippi, Colton Hale wanted to show all health care professionals just how much they are appreciated after being on the front lines of this pandemic. According to an article by WXXV 25 News, the owner of Man and a Mower Lawn Care Business is offering health care workers free grass cutting services.
“My wife works for Deaconess Hospice, which is hospice care. So, I’m seeing these workers every day working 12-, 16-hour shifts putting everything they have into making this dark time a little lighter and putting people at ease,” Hale says in the article. “So, my hope is just if I can take that little stress of a free lawn mowing off their hands then maybe we can all pay it forward in some way.”
Hale says it’s the least he can do for those who are fighting on the front lines of the Coronavirus battle.
Wade Gerten, CEO of On Time Landcare in Blaine, Minnesota, had the same idea. According to an article by KARE 11 News, Gerten launched medlawns.com, a website where medical professionals sign up and take a picture of their essential employee letter. Then, someone from a growing list of participating lawn care companies will come out to mow the yard, free of charge.
This service isn’t available yet but will be once the “essential business” restrictions are lifted from lawn care companies. Gerten said he’s hoping he can get people signed up early so he can get going as soon as the essential business restrictions are lifted from his company. He says it’s his way of giving back time lost by those fighting the pandemic.
“[Healthcare workers] that are out in the front lines, working 80 hours a week plus, putting themselves in danger – they’re not able to do a lot of things they can normally do at home,” Gerten says in the article. “One of them might be lawn mowing. We thought, why don’t we take care of their lawns while they’re taking care of all of us?”