PLANET, the Professional Landcare Network, gave back during its time at the Green Industry Conference in Louisville, Kentucky this year.
PLANET members and companies joined together to plant trees, landscape and install irrigation at the Home of the Innocents in honor of the third annual PLANET Gives Back event.
Home of the Innocents, a nonprofit shelter and pediatric convalescent center, was the focus of volunteer efforts this year.
The home provides services to those facing severe crisis, including children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, are medically fragile or have autism.
Volunteers installed more than 25 trees that were lost a few years ago, and the trees will help to improve the natural screening along the perimeters of the property, increase air quality, and improve the NuLu (“New Louisville”) area canopy.
In addition, the volunteers installed and repaired new drip irrigation around all the newly installed trees, installed new playground mulch, cleaned up the butterfly garden and put it to sleep for the winter season and cleaned up the raised planter beds and installed a cold crop for the winter.
This year’s project is in keeping with Louisville’s Mayor Greg Fischer’s initiative to revitalize and enhance Louisville neighborhoods.
One of the goals within the mayor’s strategic plan includes the planting of 10,000 trees.