Ernie Todd, owner of Small That’s All Weeding & Planting, says that his landscaping business hit a temporary lull during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, but has since rebounded back to full service capacity.
Now he and his three employees find themselves busy making up for lost time.
“It was scary there,” Todd said. “It was tough. We really had to tighten our belts.”
At first, Todd said people were scared and didn’t want to have others working on their property. He had to cut the hours of his staff due to a lack of business for about three weeks.
Small That’s All Weeding & Planting usually services exclusively within Citrus, but Todd says he had to temporarily expand his range to include Marion and Levy County to secure enough jobs to get by.
“Once consumer confidence got better, business got better,” Todd said.
He said business began to pick back up once residents received their federal stimulus checks and Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed for the reopening of businesses during phase 1.
“Now they’re coming back,” Todd said. “I’m already booked up two weeks in advance.”
Todd said the biggest challenge initially was dealing with the loss of appointments and revenue, and, “now it’s scheduling everyone to get the work done. We have the heat coming.”
He and his staff are working six days a week to make up for lost time, getting weeding and planting done before the onset of the Florida summer heat.
Small That’s All Weeding & Planting services new and old clients with landscaping with pride. Most customers are sent to Todd through word of mouth.
The small, family-run business has been in operation in Citrus for three years and is located at 6334 E. Gentry St., Inverness. For more information, Todd can be reached at 352-601-0736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.