Landscaping Connecticut: A Look back at 2020

2020 was a landscape season not to be forgotten. The season started with a lot of uncertainty due to Covid. Most landscapers assumed the market would pull back as Covid spread throughout Connecticut. In some regards, 2020 was business as usual and in some regards it was far from it. Color coding tools and garbage cans became a thing as did meeting potential clients with masks and hours of swabbing down trucks at the beginning of every morning with all types of cleaning products. A lot of people were stuck at home with nothing to do all while new home ownership exploded as people left the the city in droves. Many people decided it was time to upgrade their surroundings since they were spending so much time at home. New pools, new landscapes and new patios were being built everywhere you looked. At one point in the spring, I stopped taking any site visits to new, potential projects. I was finding I was being pulled in all different directions. There were a lot of people serious about upgrading their properties but there were many more people who just wanted to talk about the possibilities. As a landscaper and landscape designer, it was hard to decipher who was serious and who was just lonely. It didn’t really matter because the demand for landscaping definitely outstripped the supply or service providers. Covid isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. We also have a new President with a different economic agenda. It will be interesting to see where the 2021 landscape season takes us. Once again, I’m cautiously optimistic.

Kent Landscaping

A landscape we installed in 2020 was already on the cover of Fine Homebuilding.

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Richard Schipul
Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.

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