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Last week Swingle celebrated two of its favorite holidays -Earth Day and Arbor Day! These days bring us much joy and what better way to celebrate than to give back to the community.
For the past six years the Colorado Association of Lawn Care Professionals (CALCP) has participated in the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) Day of Service. Swingle is a longtime supporter and participant in CALCP and PLANET. Tom Tolkacz, Swingle CEO served as past President of CALCP. John Gibson, Swingle President served as past President of CALCP and past President of National organization PLANET. Tom Lynch, Swingle Fort Collins Branch Manager is the current President of CALCP.
CALCP organizes the event each year, reaching out to green industry professionals to donate their time, equipment, and resources. In addition to participates of the green industry professionals; local vendors donated products and goods to support this effort.
The service is donated to the Historic Riverside Cemetery in Denver. The event is as an industry tribute to Earth Day. This is a local effort was born out of PLANET’s National Day of Remembrance held at Arlington National Cemetery each summer. During the service day there were scheduled events that included 30 master gardener’s planting and weeding annual and perennial beds, re-establishment of two acres of native turf grass seed including weed management and fertilizing by the CALCP Board Members, pruning of several trees throughout the cemetery including two historic Mulberry trees- one of which is a state champion tree, and the removal of 15-20 dead trees. All tree service work preformed was donated by Swingle and several other Denver tree companies.
Swingle recognizes Tom Lynch who spent his time in turf grass and tree efforts. Swingle also recognizes Nick Gonzales, Darin Wentz, and Gregory Knox who donated their services in tree pruning and tree removals. Swingle provided a 65′ bucket truck with chipper. Wood chipped was left onsite to supply much needed mulch for the trees and flowerbeds. Swingle team members donated an entire day of their time starting at 8:00 am and worked until the cemetery closed at 5:00 pm.
Swingle is happy to be a part of this joint effort in conjunction with several other Colorado Tree companies donating their services. It is an honor to participate in the renewal of this historic site!