The sixth annual PLANET Day of Service, held on Earth Day, April 22, goes down in the books as yet another successful event and continues to confirm our industry’s commitment to giving back. This year, approximately 2,200 landscape industry professionals completed 89 projects in 24 states at an estimated value of $400,000.
A wide variety of landscaping and lawn care projects were conducted at hospitals, schools, community gardens, parks, nonprofits and ball fields and in support of military families.
Below are just a few of the MANY wonderful projects that took place this year:
- YardApes of New Milford, Connecticut, completed six projects this year. The company selected its projects from entries submitted by the community. It did work for a number of homeowners in need, as well as the town football area and an animal nonprofit.
- Sposato Landscape Co. of Milton, Delaware, once again did landscaping for the Home of the Brave, a vacation facility for families of combat veterans, and clean up and mulching for Jusst Sooup Ministry.
- HighGrove Partners of Atlanta, Georgia, completed a large landscaping project which included dozens of volunteers at the Special Needs School of Gwinett.
- Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa, worked on the Waterloo Community Garden.
- Fine Earth in Poolesville, Maryland, did a landscaping project for a military family whose father died in Afghanistan.
- Terracare Associates of Colorado and California continued their ongoing maintenance of the Columbine Memorial and completed a project at a nonprofit farm for disabled children.
- Jacobsen Landscape Design & Construction of Midland Park, New Jersey, completed a landscaping project at an environmental center and one at the town’s railroad station.
- Many state associations organized projects: Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association landscaped a patio at a wildlife center; Michigan Green Industry Association did landscaping at an arboretum; the Illinois Professional Lawn Care Association worked on a Fischer House project as well as a cemetery project; the Colorado Association of Lawn Care Professionals worked on the Riverside Cemetery project for the sixth year; the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado did three landscaping projects-built a wheelchair-accessible garden for a disabled public school teacher, did a project at an elementary school, and built a walkway and patio at a church site; and in May, the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association did landscaping at the State Capitol.
To learn about all of the projects that took place, visit PLANETDayofService.org and check out the map on the home page, where you can click on individual projects to view their details. You can also view the many great PLANET Day of Service photos and videos from this year’s event.