For the third year in a row, I was fortunate to participate in a service project that is part of the annual Green Industry Conference in Louisville, KY. The Professional Landcare Network, or PLANET, organizes this event called PLANET Gives Back. On Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, I joined 74 other lawn and landscape professionals from across the US to help beautify the grounds around three different buildings in an historic area in downtown Louisville known as Smoketown.
We planted trees, beautified entrances, built planters, performed maintenance around the buildings and core aerated and overseeded athletic fields. The beneficiaries of this work were Mezeek Middle School; YouthBuild Louisville, an education, job training, and leadership program for young adults; and St. Vincent de Paul, one of the oldest social service charities in Louisville.
I was assigned to the core aeration and overseed team and thought I would be walking behind an aerator all day. I was pleasantly surprised when I was given a John Deere tractor with a pull-behind aerator. It has been about 40 years since I had last driven a tractor, but it was just like riding a bike. Once I figured out how to raise and lower the aerator unit and front end loader, I was off to the races.
Spring-Green Lawn Care has always prided itself on our numerous service projects that we are involved in every year. It is our way of giving back to the communities where we work. We have also participated in the annual PLANET Renewal and Remembrance service project at Arlington National Cemetery since its inception in 1996. We join with over 400 green industry professionals from over 100 companies as we work to maintain the beauty of the final resting place of many of our nation’s heroes.
Our local franchises are also involved in many community and service efforts. Want to learn about how your neighborhood franchise owner has benefited the towns in your area? Contact Spring-Green to find out more.