Landscape, Lawncare & Greenhouse Restrictions Lifted

Some great news!

Effective immediately, the new executive order (2020-59) enacted by Governor Whitmer this afternoon replaces the most recent executive order (2020-42) which allows for Landscaping, Lawncare and Nursery companies to get back to work provided they follow strict social distancing rules and PPE protocol.

As we all rush to get back to work, it will be very important that each of us clearly communicate a work plan for keeping our teammates, customers and the public at large safe. With that in mind, I have heard from a number of businesses who have enacted strong new work protocol and thought I would share the good work practices I have been hearing about.

*Provide face mask or cloth face covering for each employee for use while inside buildings, or shared vehicle (required under new executive order).

*Check temperature of each employee at the start of each day (touchless, instant read thermometers are readily available online).

*1 person per vehicle if at all possible; face covering for each occupant if 2 people in one vehicle; 3 people per vehicle NOT allowed.

*Every vehicle to be disinfected at the end of each day.

*Avoid sharing tools if possible; all shared tools are to be sanitized with new user.

*Use disposable gloves for fueling.

*Stagger start times as possible to limit the amount of people in a building at one time.

*When on a client’s property, do not sit on patio chairs, benches, ect.

*Use minimal touch procedure to leave door hangers.

*Call customer upon arrival, do not go to door.

This is NOT a comprehensive list but they are all easy ways for us to protect ourselves as we go about our work. I have also attached a few lists recently sent out by the MNLA that lay out good work practices targeted at Landscape contractors, Lawncare contractors and Garden Center/Nurseries.

Stay safe,

Keith Hogan

WMNLA board president

Arborist at Bartlett Tree Experts

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

ISA Certified Arborist MI 4198A

Bartlett Tree Experts – Grand Rapids/Lakeshore Office

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March Garden Day Cancelled

Due to the current recommendations from the state government and concern for the health and safety for attendees, I regret to inform you that the WMNLA board has decided to cancel March Garden Day this coming weekend,

We ask for your patience as we work to issue refunds and work on alternative plants. We are unsure at this point if the event will be rescheduled for another date later this year. Please stay tuned.

Best regards,

Keith Hogan

WMNLA President


Legislative Update with Amy Upton, MNLA Executive Director, The Holland Oz Project

“The Holland Oz Project – the development and details of a living sculpture story”


Presented by:

Allison Jesky, Hope College

Linda Hart, Holland Area Convention and Visitor Bureau

Jamie Scott, City of Holland

Wednesday, January 8
11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
At Hope College, Maas Center,264 Columbia Ave, Holland Mi 
Lunch $15, RSVP or 616-402-4885

In this panel presentation the Holland in Bloom committee members, Allison, Linda, and Jamie will discuss the details of “The Wonderful Wizard of OZ” living mosaic book. Located in Holland’s Centennial Park, this was a first of its kind in mid-western America as an innovative approach to horticulture display. This was one part of “The Holland Oz Project”, which launched in the summer of 2019 and quickly became the most photographed spot within the area. You will learn the how and why this project was created. The process that was required for it to happen. As well as the maintenance needs and challenges.


Hemlocks and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Research in West Michigan

“Hemlocks and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Research in West Michigan”

presented by

Dr Alexandra Locher, Grand Valley State University

at Opel Growers, Hudsonville, MI

Wednesday, December 11th

11:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

At Opel Growers

6275 Tyler St

Hudsonville, MI 49417

Please RSVP by December 6th or 616-402-4885

Dr Alexandra Locher

Dr. Alexandra Locher, Forestry Dept., Grand Valley State University graduated with a PhD from Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in 2008, and then landed a faculty position in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas – Monticello. In 2011, Dr Locher came to Grand Valley State University where she focused her research on understanding how forest management practices impact wildlife species and communities. Dr Locher has expertise in wildlife biology and management, forest ecosystem management, and applications of geographic information systems to natural resources questions. Current projects are largely based on using remotely sensed data from satellites to model and predict characteristics of forests.

Dr Locher will be talking about some of her current projects focusing on mapping hemlock trees in west Michigan. She is actively working with the Ottawa Conservation District and West Michigan CISMA to combat the spread of hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in Michigan. Hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive insect that feeds on hemlock trees, which eventually kills them. As hemlocks provide many ecological functions and services including carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, and dune stabilization, losing them would be devastating to Michigan. Dr Locher and her students are developing models using high resolution aerial imagery to predict locations of hemlocks and facilitate early detection of HWA and rapid treatment response to ultimately conserve hemlock forests in Michigan.

Lunch is provided by Opel Growers, tours of Opel Growers are available following the meeting. For more information about Opel Growers go to www.Opel