The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), announced that it will hold its annual nationwide PLANET Day of Service on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.


The annual PLANET Day of Service is a grassroots event that allows lawn and landscape professionals to organize volunteer projects in their communities to beautify anywhere people enjoy green spaces, such as the grounds of schools, parks, playgrounds, senior centers, shelters.


“The concept behind the PLANET Day of Service is to bring volunteers together to fill needs in each community by creating and caring for green spaces,” says PLANET President David Snodgrass, Landscape Industry Certified Manager.  “Our members know how important it is for people to have parks to enjoy and gardens where children can learn about the environment.”


In the past two years of the event, PLANET members completed more than 480 projects in 43 states and in Canada, with nearly 5,000 volunteers donating more than $1,000,000 in time, material, and services.


This year’s projects continue the focus on educating the children about plants and beautifying public spaces, such as senior centers, parks and public housing projects. A few of the projects include landscaping a camp in Mississippi for mentally and physically challenged children; landscaping and irrigating an organic urban farm in Portland, Oregon, and cleaning-up and landscaping a library in Maine, a Boys and Girls Club in Massachusetts, and a youth football field in Tennessee. To see a list of projects, log on to planetdayofservice.org.


The Lead Sponsors for this year’s event are Agrium Advanced Technologies, American Profit Recovery, JOHN DEERE, PBI/Gordon Corporation, and Shindaiwa.


For more information about PLANET Day of Service, log on to planetdayofservice.org, or call the PLANET office at (800) 395-2522.