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Landscape supply businesses capitalize during a time of self-quarantine

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — At a time when so many businesses have had to limit their services or close their doors altogether, one type of business has seen an increase in customers.

You can just about smell the words fresh mulch, and you could smell it at American Mulch and More in Christiansburg.

Truckloads of the stuff was leaving the lot, as well as stone and tools. Home deliveries have been coming in.

“We’re blessed to be busy,” said Daniel Bolt, President of American Mulch and More.

In what has been a hard time for businesses and citizens, alike, Bolt said he thought his business would suffer too.

While an empty store might make someone draw assumptions, don’t let it fool you. Bolt says business has been booming.

“Sales have really exceeded our expectations,” he said. “From the time we come in at 7 o’clock in the morning, the phones are just ringing.”

It makes sense right? With many having to stay home and self-quarantine, it’s a great time to work on the yard.

“You’re stuck at home; you can get claustrophobic being inside all day,” said Glen Winters, one of the delivery drivers with American Mulch and More. “You want to get out and do stuff, so it’s just natural to want to go out and start doing your own spring yard work.”

“That has allowed for a surge in business,” Bolt added. “The demand has been great.”

Some of the ways customers are using the mulch, stone, and tools are gardening, flower-bedding, and art projects with rocks to name a few.

As far as social distancing is concerned, coming into physical contact with people shouldn’t be a concern. With your phone, you can make the call, make the order, make the payment, wait for that order, and you’re done, no physical contact with anyone, social distancing done right.”

“You don’t have to socialize with no one on it,” said Winters. “I do miss that part sometime, but… for safety’s sake. Then you get to wave goodbye.”

Winters said the large mulch pile in the center of American Mulch’s pickup lot was nearly double in size less than 24 hours before WFXR arrived there, and with the number of orders being seen it’ll likely be gone by the next day.

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