After six years of owning and operating SPRUCE STREET LANDSCAPING, we have made the very difficult decision to close this side of the business.
When I had the idea to expand the parent company, OERTHER’S, it seemed only natural to open something complementary, that could provide care for customers’ gardens and yards. In the beginning, we started out doing quite extensive landscape design. Quickly, we realized that these unique skills are out of the scope of my current employees’ talents. What we finished with in 2019 is more than what I could have ever hoped for the company to be.
SPRUCE STREET LANDSCAPING was a help in the garden, assisting laying mulch, weeding, transplanting and trimming plant material, and so much more. It felt wonderful to be so helpful to busy home owners and people of advanced years. What I have had trouble with all six years has been finding, hiring, and retaining employees trained in landscaping and keeping them motivated to do this difficult work. Many of you may have seen me working on your property this past year. I have never shied away from helping the crew. But in 2019, I found myself working three+ days “out in the field.” As owner of OERTHER’S, these were days that I also needed to be at the store – and as the old saying goes, you just can’t be in two places at one time.
I look back over the years and do not regret expanding our business. I have been honored to be trusted with your property and have enjoyed working with you at your home. I am blessed to consider many of you so much more than a business contract – I am honored to now call you my friend. But as I look forward with our vision for the coming years, what is most important to me is OERTHER’S. Working in our store and greenhouse, tending to the plants, having time to talk with and assist shopping customers . . . these are the things that I must focus on now. It is with sadness that I must close down the landscape side of our business until someone with my like-vision comes along to run SPRUCE STREET LANDSCAPING beside me. As we have since 2008, OERTHER’S will still be available to do light planting, mulch delivery, etc. But as of January 2020, we will no longer be contracting for the SPRUCE STREET LANDSCAPING side of the business.
Thank you for trusting us and believing in us. I cannot thank you enough for teaching us life lessons and allowing us the privilege of helping to make your yard so amazingly beautiful. We wish you every success this planting season and hope you will continue to shop with us!
With sincerest gratitude,
Kathleen Oerther, Owner