Stepping up to serve the community

April 25, 2013 -  By
TechScape Landscape

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Day of Service took place April 22. This year’s theme was Come Alive Outside to showcase the positive effects green spaces have on peoples’ lives.

The program, which coincides with Earth Day, is designed to encourage landscape and lawn care companies to give back to their communities. PLANET provides tools to help them successfully plan, organize and carry out projects that benefit the green spaces in their communities. Hundreds of volunteer landscape projects take place each year at schools, community parks, military memorials, libraries, and museums across the country.

Following are a few of the PLANET Day of Service and Earth Day events that have taken place so far.

A bright spot for families with sick kids

Heads Up Landscape Contractors, Albuquerque, N.M., teamed up with FED EX to perform landscape cleanup and spruce up work at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico. The Heads Up employees volunteered their time during the day to prepare the landscape for spring by removing dead plant material, pruning, checking irrigation, pulling weeds, raking rock. The company’s donation of time, equipment and hauling away landscape debris is estimated to be $2,000.

“Heads Up Landscape Contractors has chosen the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico as one of our primary organizations to support,” said Eddie Padilla, the company’s vice president of business development. “They do such good work of their own supporting families with sick children, and we believe that a beautiful landscape goes along with their mission of creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.”

A pick-me-up for a city park

STIHL Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., has participated in PLANET Day of Service events for the past four years, volunteering more than 1,400 hours and saving the city more than $60,000 to make city parks more beautiful with plantings, pruning and gardening projects.

Chuck Kellen, mechanical engineer, STIHL Inc., reports, “This year, we’re teaming again with a local landscape company, K&D Round’s Landscape Services, to plant a wetland garden and prune trees and shrubs in a park near a local middle school. The PLANET Day of Service is an event that allows our employees and their families to give something back to our community and leave something lasting that others can enjoy for years to come.”

Helping students grow

Horticulturists from TechScape Landscape, Richardson, Texas, built three raised garden beds for the Ursuline Academy Permaculture Awareness Club, which teaches students the importance of eating organic food.

The company provided training, tools, and supplies to the students. Their first year of planting was so successful, they donated their surplus vegetables and herbs to charity, a goal they did not expect to reach so quickly.

A new, water-saving look

Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado overhauled the Alpine Autism Center’s property as part of its Earth Day project. They worked on the property to increase curb appeal and comply with the state’s new watering regulations. They removed the non-useable turf and replaced it with mulch, rock, and other products that require less water.

“Earth Day is definitely for the landscapers,” said one of the landscapers working on the project. “It’s a pretty neat thing to see everybody come together and make something of this scale happen on just one day.”

Serving those who serve us

Landscape Management Senior Editor Beth Geraci tagged along as Chagrin Falls, Ohio-based Hemlock Landscapes donated staff, time and materials to spruce up the grounds of the Ohio Army National Guard’s 135th Military Police Co.

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