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Adjusting habits and lifestyles – The Tryon Daily Bulletin – tryondailybulletin.com

by Max Phelps

Yards to Paradise

How would your life be different if suddenly you had more time on your hands?

A good many of us found out that our favorite restaurants were not open, perhaps our garden center offered only curbside pickup and hundreds of thousands were out of work or doing it from home. The home improvement store ran out of many things. Good landscapers and many other contractors had more calls for estimates than they could respond to in a timely manner.

Enter the Covid-19 new world where changes and challenges have forever altered our lives, for better and for worse.

Early in the year, phone calls began rising in number. I am sure tweets and texts increased greatly too, even though I avoid them. Kids at home, parents at home, many stores closed—and many began finding time to do home improvements, or dreaming up projects, of planning for a “staycation” rather than a trip to the beach or a crowded amusement park or tourist trap.

“Normal” may forever be a thing of the past. So how are you adjusting, and how has gardening, landscaping and improvements to your little piece of paradise grown in importance?

Bricks and mortar businesses may have been ‘locked-down’ unless they were deemed “essential” by the powers that be, but it’s been a busy year for service providers, mail order companies and especially for the small hardware and ‘do-it’ centers as they benefitted from new consumer habits.

Idle hours gave way to a lot of home improvement projects.
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