Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

Coming Together for the Betterment of the Industry

Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

Coming Together for the Betterment of the Industry

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Two recent events highlighted how coming together as an industry can lead to positive results for everyone involved.

Renewal & Remembrance

On July 22, 2013, members of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) spent the day preserving and enhancing the landscape at Arlington National Cemetery for the 17th annual Renewal & Remembrance beautification project.

Hundreds of PLANET members, from coast to coast, traveled to our nation's capital for the largest landscape industry day of service.

On this special volunteer day, landscape industry professionals dedicated their time to enhancing the beauty of Arlington National Cemetery by mulching, pruning, aerating, planting, liming, and cabling trees with lightning protection on more than 150 acres. "PLANET and its members feel truly privileged to be able to give back in this way to honor America's veterans and heroes each year" said Glenn Jacobsen, Landscape Industry Certified, president of PLANET.

Many PLANET members brought their children to Renewal & Remembrance. Children between the ages of 3 and 12 participated in a special program where they planted perennials on the cemetery grounds. Two children of PLANET members also got to participate in laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

2013 Renewal & Remembrance facts:

* More than 400 adults and 40 children participated;

* Approximately 100 landscape industry companies and organizations were represented;

* Participants from 34 states;

* 66 tons of lime applied to 154 acres;

* 45 acres of turf aerated;

* Seven trees pruned, cabled and braced;

* Lightning protection for six trees;

* Columbarium and Administrative Building, and Receiving Vault irrigation systems updated. …

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