Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 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 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. >> On April 23, volunteers from the Golf Course Superintendents of America, the Na - tional Association of Landscape Profession- als and more gathered in Washington D.C. to provide landscape services to the green spaces managed by the National Parks Service. Chava McKeel, the director of government affairs for the GCSAA, organized the day of service: inspired by the NALP's annual day of service at Arlington National Cemetery, which has been held for the last 20 years. She par - ticipated the last five years and she wanted to organize a similar project in conjunction with The National Parks Service. More than 180 volunteers from GCSAA and partners of the organization were divided into 18 teams to perform landscape maintenance throughout Capitol Hill. They performed tasks such as over seeding, aerating and cleaning out stormwater drains, among other tasks. Sponsors of the event included: Rain Bird, Site One and Bear Company who donated tools, equipment, turf and supplies. John Deere donated lawn mowers and heavy machinery. Volunteers working on turf maintenance were tasked with identifying bare areas and installing new turf to help protect the multi- million dollar investment of the NPS. "Millions of people walk on the mall, the most widely used lawn in the country, and it has to be maintained so you don't lose all that turf," McKeel said. The day of service provided much needed re - lief to the NPS, a department that is stretched thin, stated McKeel. The amount of service was equivalent to four months of its budget. The GCSAA will continue to host the day of service and hopes to expand the project to include areas surrounding the Washington Monument. "Very humbling to be doing the work they do day-to-day right on the National Mall. We love it and we are going to keep going back," McKeel said. "I would encourage more people to come and be part of this next year." Volunteer with WE ARE GOLF LC DBM If you have a project where landscape services were donated pro bono, you can submit your Off the Clock proposal to: or call Mike Dahl at (714) 979-5276 x124. Story Ideas? Above John Deere provided equipment to help volunteers complete turf management and beautification during WE ARE GOLF's "Day of Service." The National Parks Service has invested millions of dollars into turf preservation, but the organization has struggled with keeping up with it. Other donated materials included hand tools, rakes and vests for volunteers. Above, Right In addition to installing new turf on bare spots, volunteers performed other tasks such as aerating to keep soil and turf healthy. Each year there are millions of visitors to the green spaces in Washington D.C. that the NPS maintains. Preserving Capitol Hill's Green Spaces by Breanna Belken, LC/DBM 62 LC DBM OFF THE CLOCK

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