News roundup: Project EverGreen returns Oregon athletic field to former glory

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As part of Project EverGreen’s “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” initiative, Walker Elementary School in Ashland, Oregon, had its athletic and recreation fields revived.

Volunteers from the Southern Oregon Landscape Association, Ashland School District and Ashland Little League pitched in to help renovated the school’s athletic fields.

More than 139,000 square feet of turf was revitalized and the first part of the project consisted of cleaning up debris from the playing surface.

The Southern Oregon Landscape Association performed weed removal, applied weed control products and aerated the soil. It also overseeded more than 2,000 pounds of drought-tolerant seed and top-dressing provided by the Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance.

The Walker Elementary maintenance staff has committed to the success of the project by performing sustainable water-smart irrigation practices and managing the overseeding process for the next two years.

“Investing in the renovation and revitalization of athletic and recreational green spaces is an investment in a healthier future for children across the country,” said Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “Our goal is to make sure that safe, modern green space is available so children can make exercise, athletics and recreation a part of their daily lives.”

Thanks to Project EverGreen’s work, the Ashland Little League will have a safe field to play on and will be able to start a new division.

Weed Man makes Franchise Times Top 200+ list

For the fifth year in a row, Weed Man USA has been listed in Franchise Times magazine’s 2016 Top 200+ list, which recognizes franchise brands and their growth.

Weed-Man-logoThe franchise lawn care provider moved up from No. 274 in 2015 to No. 273 in 2016. Weed Man has 455 territories throughout the United States. It has acquired 16 new territories this year alone and expects even more by year’s end.

Weed Man estimates it will finish the year with $95 million in system sales.

“We’re proud that the numbers match the high-level commitment our franchisees have to following our detail-oriented business plan,” said Jennifer Lemcke, COO of Turf Holdings, Inc., the company that owns the expansion rights for Weed Man USA. “Measurable results backed by a team of hardworking business owners is what drives Weed Man to stay a household name to our customers. We’re thrilled to continue this momentum well in 2017.”

Weed Man USA will be present at the upcoming GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky, from Oct. 19-21 at booth No. 5019 discussing with attendees how to capitalize on consumer demand.

“The green industry is competitive but supportive; we are proud that so many independent landscape and lawn care operators have found new opportunities to grow and thrive by adding Weed Man’s services to their business portfolio,” Lemcke said.

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