SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI – Tom Weber does not agree with temporarily shutting down local lawn services as part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to shut down non-essential businesses to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Weber, a 71-year-old native of Saginaw Township, asked two lawn care providers to cancel it to avoid a fine. Now Weber says he’s stuck with leaves in his garden that he can’t pick up on his own, and he’s worried his garden will only get worse as his grass grows in hot weather.
“I see people in my subdivision outside walking the streets,” Weber said. “So why can’t people (for lawn care) mow my lawns for me?” There really is no difference. It is a test for these people.
Weber works with Don Frosty, the former owner of Frosty’s Lawn Care, and Becker Lawncare and Landscaping. While Weber has said he understands Whitmer’s goal is to save and protect people from COVID-19, he is concerned that local lawn care companies will not last as long as the shelter order on the spot is not lifted.
“Telling people to stay home just isn’t doable for everyone,” Weber said. “I understand why the auto companies are closed. If a person comes in with coronavirus, everyone gets it. But it is an external environment.
Weber said he needed help taking care of his garden, which is a quarter to a third of an acre. He has tried mowing, raking leaves, and doing other lawn care jobs two to three times on his own, but needs a lawn tractor, which he does not have. , to take care of it properly.
Frosty, who sold his business about seven years ago, still does lawn care for people like Weber as a hobby and for exercise.
Like other lawn care service providers, Frosty is hoping that a Michigan Senate task force announced on Tuesday, April 7 will help some local businesses get back on their feet. The bipartisan task force, led by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, will draft guidelines to allow some Michigan businesses and trades to reopen. The task force is expected to recommend that businesses that work largely outdoors, including lawn care services, reopen their doors first.
Frosty said the task force’s decision to re-license lawn care services would make sense because they have little or no contact with their customers.
“I don’t see anyone,” he said. “As far as I know, everyone is in the same boat. We go out, do what we have to do, and move on.
Frosty said he hopes his fellow landscapers can get back to work before their businesses disappear during the shutdown. He wants the same to be true for other small business owners affected by the mandatory closings.
“It’s a sad situation there,” he said.