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COVID-19 Update - April 22, 2020                                                             

Dear valued clients,

Yesterday the City of Stratford published a news release regarding the grounds maintenance of properties. The news release is as follows:

Tuesday, April 21 - Landscaping and lawn care

On April 3, the Province of Ontario issued a revised list of essential workplaces and services that are permitted to remain open and operate during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Included on that list is maintenance, repair and property management services strictly necessary to manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings. Landscaping and lawn care businesses that meet those provincial guidelines are allowed to operate in the City of Stratford, provided their work is related to the safety, security and sanitation of properties, and to ensure property standards are being met. That includes lawn cutting, raking, aeration, de-thatching and rolling, as well as clearing yard debris.

Landscaping services that are specifically intended to beautify a property, like flower planting, will not be permitted.

The City of Stratford encourages any business owner/operator with questions about the list of essential workplaces and services, and how they may be affected, to call the Province’s Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

And we urge all businesses, including landscaping and lawn care operations, to follow the guidance of Huron Perth Public Health.

In keeping with the Province’s direction on essential services, the City of Stratford has begun its regular spring maintenance on municipal parks, playgrounds and sports fields to ensure those properties are safe and secure. That includes grass cutting and general maintenance. City staff will not be carrying out any non-essential maintenance or beautification work, including the planting of flowerbeds, until the emergency order is lifted.

Please keep in mind that even though they are being maintained, all of the City of Stratford’s outdoor recreational facilities and amenities remain closed to the public under further notice to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

City of Stratford, Enforcement Dept

I have also spoken with the police officer who is in charge of enforcing the essential list. He has said that we are permitted to start working on maintaining lawns and gardens.

My plan is to start with two small 2-person crews on Friday, April 24th and, after reviewing all the safety regulations and measures at the end of day, to increase this to more crews the week after.  (A practice run, if you will.)

We will start with the cleanup of residential lawns and raking of flowerbeds so that we can start with residential lawn cutting next Thursday, April 30th, and lawn cutting on all properties the week of May 4th.

After the lawns have been cleaned up, we will start with the cleanup of all flowerbeds and mulching, where applicable. We will notify you a day or two before our planned visit for the cleanup. If you are not comfortable with us being on your property, please inform us of that by email.

For the sake of everyone’s safety, and to comply with social distancing best practices, we ask customers not to have contact with the crew that is providing the cleanup. It is fine to acknowledge their presence through a window, but we prefer that you do not go outside to have a discussion with them or even just to welcome them.

If there is anything specific that you like us to do during the first visit, or something that is outside the scope of our intended work, please either call the office or send us an email so that we are aware of that and include it in our services during the first visit.

We will send you our COVID-19 policy and procedures in the next day so that you are aware of them. Thank you for your understanding during the past number of weeks. We are looking forward to maintaining your properties again in a safe and responsible way.

Regards and stay safe,

Johan Bossers

Landscape Design

We’re so pleased you’ve visited our website to learn more about how we can help you turn your landscaping ideas into reality. Whether you’re considering a complete backyard makeover or just want to update your current lawn and garden layout, our design team will consult with you to create a plan that suits your needs and budget. Read on or contact us to learn more about our design services.

To best serve you, we generally begin with an initial consultation, which will help us develop a mutual understanding of what you want – and what’s possible. We’ll provide an estimate for the design based on our discussion with you and, when you are ready to move forward, the A Touch of Dutch Landscaping Design-Build process will begin. The phases of our entire process are as follows:

Step 1: Discuss Objectives

Have a Blue Sky Session

If you have a vision of a finished product, magazine clippings or sketches of your dream, share those with us. If you’ve been curating inspiration on Pinterest, share your board with us. We’ll work together to fully visualize your goals.

When conceptualizing your updated outdoor area, consider if your vision suits your lifestyle and satisfies the needs of all family members (including pets). During our consultation, we’ll discuss your needs and provide practical suggestions that you might not have considered previously. We can also review your property survey, if available, and discuss any zoning considerations. And we’ll take pictures and measurements of the project area before we leave.

Determine Your Budget

A critical part of finalizing your objectives is budget as it will help determine the scope of the project and help us suggest solutions that keep you within your budget while satisfying your needs.

Consider Landscaping in Phases

The great thing about working with outdoor projects is that almost any project can be completed in phases. If a dream landscape design is just not financially feasible to complete in one season, a plan can be developed that can be completed in smaller, more manageable stages over two to four years, rather than having to settle for a less satisfying end result.

Step 2: Create a Plan

Initial Concept

After our visit with you, we’ll get to work on an initial concept, which provides a starting point for us to work out the basics. This rudimentary draft will include measurements and minimal details, allowing us to determine the location and shapes of hard and soft elements in your yard. Once complete, we’ll forward this preliminary concept to you for review. 

Final Landscape Design

The approved concept will be used to create the detailed final design. At this stage, we determine specific components such and plants, types of stone, etc. And based on our visit to your property and information you have provided, we will be able to assess the need for locates and/or permits. With all of this information, we can put together a comprehensive quote for you.

Once the terms of the proposal are agreed upon, we can create a tentative schedule for installation (understanding that Mother Nature always has the final say).

Changes to our proposed design at this stage may be subject to an additional fee. Estimates will be revised to reflect changes and, once completed and finalized, we can move forward with installation.

Note about additional drawings:

For some people it is hard to visualize the completed project from an overhead view. We have a variety of options to help you visualize the final product. A fee may apply for these additional drawings depending on the details required.

  • Colour Rendering – Adds a small amount of perspective
  • Elevation Drawings – Simple 2-dimensional drawing
  • Conceptual Drawing – 3-dimensional drawing

As you have paid a fee for the landscape design it is yours to keep, regardless if we do the work or if you prefer to do it yourself.

Step 3: Installation

Let’s Crush Your Landscape Design Goals

This is where the magic happens. Installation is when all of our collective work comes to fruition. Visit our Installation page to learn more about the process.

Final Landscape Design

The approved concept will be used to create the detailed final design. At this stage, we determine specific components such and plants, types of stone, etc. And based on our visit to your property and information you have provided, we will be able to assess the need for locates and/or permits. With all of this information, we can put together a comprehensive quote for you.

Once the terms of the proposal are agreed upon, we can create a tentative schedule for installation (understanding that Mother Nature always has the final say).

Changes to our proposed design at this stage may be subject to an additional fee. Estimates will be revised to reflect changes and, once completed and finalized, we can move forward with installation.