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PLCAA members donate landscape services at Arlington National Cemetery

In July, more than 200 Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) members donated a day of service at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The group pruned trees and shrubs, fertilized the lawn, placed sod, mulched and performed other landscape tasks to improve the green spaces on 235 acres at the cemetery. Sod was laid on the most recent gravesites. The value of their daylong efforts, including donated services and products, totaled more than $100,000.

Participants included professionals in the lawn care, landscape and tree care industries who wanted to improve the cemetery in honor of Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"We [landscape industry members] wanted to give back to the armed forces and the American people," stated Tom Delaney, vice president of government affairs for PLCAA. "We thought that helping to care for this hallowed ground would be a great way to give back," Delaney told Landscape Contractor National magazine.

The event was held in conjunction with the PLCAA's eighth annual Renewal and Remembrance Day where they meet with congressional representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss important issues facing the industry such as the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) funding, the H-2B guest worker program, 21st Century Water Commission legislation (H.R. 135) and association health care programs.

The Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) cosponsor the annual event. For more information on how you can get involved visit the PLCAA's website at

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October 20, 2019, 8:37 pm PDT

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