Spring-Green Gives Back to Residents of Historic Smoketown, in Louisville, KY

Harold Enger on aerator for Planet gives back event

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.

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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.

The Green in Spring-Green

Spring is finally here! We could spend this time talking about the long winter (a record one, in fact), but we also know that topic is probably exhausted. In fact, everyone knows that GREEN is the new BLACK. To keep up with the times everyone is trying to “go green.” However, it’s not just about going green; it’s about staying green and supporting the green lifestyle wholeheartedly. As we lead into spring, let’s take a look at some of the things Spring-Green does to live up to its name.

Spring-Green has accomplished great things for not only the people associated with the organization, but also for the environment and the communities we live and work in.

We’ve been a leader in the green industry promoting education, certification programs and industry standards. Today the association is named PLANET (Professional Land Care Network) and it continues to serve the green industry by providing those same services as well as promoting best practices and environmental responsibility. We’re also a proud supporter of Project EverGreen, whose mission is to raise awareness of the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of landscapes and promote the significance of those who preserve and enhance green spaces at home, work and play.

As part of our initiative to increase awareness of our tree programs, we’ve also formed an alliance with the Arbor Day Foundation and will be planting a minimum of 10,000 trees this year. Franchise owners have also been involved in Greencare for Troops where they helped maintain lawns while our soldiers are deployed overseas and away from their families.

Staying true to our name, we plan on continuing to spread our passion for the green mission with all of the members of our communities and we hope you will too!