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Off the Clock HO-HO-KU OUTDOOR CLASSROOM Gail Woolcott, Director of Operations for New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association Top: The tasks chosen for the 2012 Day of Service Project included tree removal, clean up, creating 10 vegetable gardens, creating a butterfly sanctuary, and repair of a non- working pond. Bottom: A few bunches of daffodils brightened up the courtyard from Alexander Hay Greenhouses. Shemin Nurseries donated perennials. COURTESY OF NEW JERSEY LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION O N !PRIL .EW *ERSEY ,ANDSCAPE #ONTRACTORS !SSOCIATION MEMBERS STAFF AND FRIENDS CAME TOGETHER AT THE (O (O +US 0UBLIC 3CHOOL LOCATED IN (O (O +US .EW *ERSEY A SUBURBAN COMMUNITY IN NORTHERN "ERGEN #OUNTY TO CREATE MAGIC ONCE AGAIN BY TRANSFORMING THEIR COURTYARD WHICH WAS UNKEMPT AND IN NEED OF REPAIR TO A WORKING OUTDOOR CLASSROOM Following the 2010 service project at Eisenhower School, NJLCA received a letter from the Ho-Ho-Kus public school asking for as- sistance with their courtyard. Unfortunately, the association had already committed to doing a restoration project at Schulteis Farm in Clifton. However, in 2011, the association received a packet filled with letters from first and second grade students asking them to con- sider them for the next Day of Service project. The letters were well-thought out and the students expressed the different types of projects they wanted to do in the courtyard. David Huber, NJLCA director, agreed to act as chair of the Service Project Committee and upon reading the letters, set up an appoint- ment the next day with superintendent Deborah Ferrara. Huber pro- ceeded to create a landscape plan, which included the projects to be completed on the Day of Service, as well as several additional phases to be built in the future. When we asked for assistance and volunteers from the member- ship, several of our members stood out and immediately offered their services. Al D. Landscaping and Tree Service came in while the stu- dents had their spring break and removed seven large trees, including yews and the better part of a pine tree. Their employees spent the entire day taking down the trees, as well as hauling them out, grinding them and transporting them to the town's waste management, who were gracious enough to allow us to dump there at no charge. The rest of the work began at 9 a.m., with Premium Aquascapes and several of their employees emptying and cleaning out the non- working pond. Meanwhile, NJLCA executive director Jody Shilan and I worked on removing old planter boxes and constructing new ones. ,ANDSCAPE #ONTRACTOR /NLINE VERSION )33. $ESIGN s "UILD s -AINTAIN ,# $"- )33. #OPYRIGHT 4USTIN #! Seven employ- ees sent by Wilson Horti- culture Group spent much of the day assist- ing with build- ing the butterfly sanctuary, pour- ing the footings, and assisting with relocation of plant material. Chris and Leann Raimondi of Raimondi Horticultural group showed up ready to work and assisted with the installation of planter boxes, as well as plant relocation and new plantings. Maria Mandas finished out the day planting and assisting Shilan with the remaining trellises and planter boxes. Chris Hricik was also a great source of help, as he called in favors, lugged out old railroad ties, and helped everyone he could. In addi- tion, Dave Huber assisted with the coordination and came through at the last minute with Top Notch Tree and ERLC, who joined us to grind up the remaining stumps. The next morning, Downes Tree Service, a great supporter of NJLCA, brought in their equipment over the roof and blew in soil for all of the planters and the butterfly sanctuary. This will allow the children and their parents, who will be holding a project day, to plant many different vegetables in their new garden area. Trellises were built on five of the boxes for climbing vegetables such as green beans and cucumbers. LC IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY ,ANDSCAPE #OMMUNICATIONS )NC 0LAZA $RIVE 3UITE - 4USTIN #ALIFORNIA 0HONE #ONTRACTOR $ESIGN s "UILD s -AINTAIN 0 / "OX PER YEAR !DDITIONAL COPIES MAY BE PURCHASED BY CONTACTING ,# $"- AT CIRCULATION LANDSCAPEONLINE COM OR 4USTIN #! 3UBSCRIPTIONS ,ICENSED ,ANDSCAPE #ONTRACTORS FREE OF CHARGE /THERS #ONTINENTAL 5 3 !LASKA (AWAII #ANADA ISSUES EXT ISSUES &AX BY ,ANDSCAPE #OMMUNICATIONS )NC 0RINTED IN THE 5 3 ! !LL RIGHTS RESERVED #ONTENTS MAY NOT BE REPRINTED OR OTHERWISE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION 0ERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT 4USTIN #! AND ADDITIONAL MAILING OFFICES 3UBSCRIPTION )NQUIRIES 3END NEW OR RENEWAL NOTICES OR CHANGE OF ADDRESS SEND BOTH NEW AND OLD ADDRESSES TO ,ANDSCAPE #ONTRACTOR $ESIGN s "UILD s -AINTAIN 0 / "OX -EXICO ISSUES 0OSTMASTER 0LEASE SEND ADDRESS CHANGES TO ,ANDSCAPE !UGUST 2012 79 DBM