Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUL 2018

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Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain (LC/DBM) (ISSN 2150-9093), is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc. 14771 Plaza Drive, Suite A, Tustin, California, 92780 Phone: 714-979-5276; Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9170). Copyright 2018 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed Landscape Contractors free of charge. Others: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada, 12 issues, $34 .95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LC/DBM at circulation@landscapeonline.com or 714-979-5276 ext. 115. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. >> Minnesota-based Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements, which offers arborist services and products, decided a few years back to organize a day of service to recognize and pay tribute to veter - ans by caring for trees at a national cemetery. From that experience, a national campaign was born: Saluting Branches. "It has now grown in such enormous size that we didn't want it just associated with Rainbow," states Lee Fredericks, the company's territory manager for Illinois and eastern Wisconsin. "So we created Sa - luting Branches with its own board of directors and the sole function of the board is just to network in the industry about this particular event, help us schedule and arrange it and provide some guidance and direction moving forward." Fredericks serves on a committee with other in - dustry professionals and is the direct conduit to the site leaders that volunteer their day, helping them to recruit volunteers – over 2,200 are expected – and everything else they need. The event, scheduled for Sept. 19, includes com - panies that donate equipment. When it comes to necessary materials and products however, those are usually provided by the cemetery itself. "Every state has different requirements," Freder - icks relates. "We find it easiest just to make sure that we are using products that they might have on the shelf versus trying to navigate product-related scenarios regarding labels across state lines." Leading up to the event, the committee is having monthly meetings to make sure the site leaders are ready for the day of service, which keeps expanding. "Our goal every year is to have 10 percent more cemeteries than we had the previous year but lately we have been growing 30 to 40 percent per year," says Fredericks. And there is still time to come on board for this year. For more information please go to www.salut - ingbranches.org . "We have a good saturation of cemeteries but there are others out there that we can assist without taking away from the activities that are occurring on the existing cemeteries," Fredericks sums up. LC DBM If you have a project where landscape services were donated pro bono, you can submit your Off the Clock proposal to: cmckowan@landscapeonline.com or call Mike Dahl at (714) 979-5276 x124. Story Ideas? Above Saluting Branches: Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance is a volunteer-driven, day of service by tree care professionals throughout the country who provide their expertise at veterans' cemeteries to help keep them safe and inviting places for all those who visit. The campaign started in Minneapolis (left) and now extends from coast to coast as the upgrades performed in past years in North Carolina (middle) and Oregon (right) point out. Saluting Branches: Honoring Veterans by Caring for Final Resting Places by Mike Dahl, LC/DBM 54 LC DBM OFF THE CLOCK

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