On July 15, landscapers from YardApes Inc, a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), joined forces with hundreds of other lawn and landscape professionals from across the country to volunteer at Renewal & Remembrance, an annual day of service at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.  The event, organized by NALP, marks the 23rd year that industry professionals have come together to help enhance the grounds of the national burial site, which serves as the final resting spot for more than 400,000 military service men and women and their spouses.

This year, more than 400 professionals – including 9 employees and one of their daughters from YardApes Inc. – volunteered their time mulching, upgrading sprinklers, cabling and installing lightning protection for the trees, pruning, planting, liming and aerating the soil, as well as installing and maintaining pavers throughout the grounds. In total, NALP members helped to enhance more than 200 acres of the vast grounds at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as parts of Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemeteries.

“Our industry is proud and humbled to volunteer our services at Arlington National Cemetery every year,” said Carol Keeling, interim CEO for NALP. “While the cemetery is beautifully maintained all year long, it is an honor for our industry professionals to lend their expertise and skills to enhancing the grounds. This service event allows the lawn and landscape industry to honor our nation’s heroes and put our professional knowledge and skills to work for good.”

“I am incredibly proud of all of our employees who selflessly give their time every year at Renewal and Remembrance,” said Shayne Newman, Owner of YardApes Inc. “They have enthusiastically given their time here and at our Sponsored Spring Day of Service where we performed spring cleanups, planted trees, and mulched for several non-profits and one elementary school in town. They’re wonderful people, talented Landscape Professionals, and we are very glad to have them on our team.”

YardApes Employees Included: Jesus Millanez, Dustin Radman, Michael Liffland, Tom Marino, Manuel Labanda, Filemon Vargas, Florentino Barrera, Shayne Newman, Ava Newman, and Max Juarez.

NALP members were also joined by members of the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance and the Professional Grounds Management Society.

For more information, visit LandscapeProfessionals.org.

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