As a supporting sponsor of the PLANET Day of Service on April 22, Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program resulted in 50 lawn and landscape services volunteering their time and services to military families who have a loved one away from home on active duty overseas.

Designed as a unique way that green industry professionals can help ‘serve them while they serve us,’ GreenCare for Troops pairs military families with local contractors for free lawn and landscape services while the major breadwinner is deployed. To date, the program is helping more than 2,200 provide free services to more than 8,000 military families nationwide.

On The Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) Day of Service, volunteers from both GreenCare for Troops and PLANET worked collaboratively to organize volunteer lawn and landscape projects in communities across the country, including Statesville, North Carolina. Volunteers from Keller’s Lawn Service and North Pointe Lawn Care tore out overgrown shrubs and created an area with various plants, flowers and mulch.

According to Joe Keller of Keller’s Lawn Service, “I’m taking care of the lawn; I’ll mow the grass, trim the shrubs and spray the weeds. It’s serving them while they serve us, and the least I can do.”

For more stories from the national PLANET Day of Service, visit To learn more about Project EverGreen or to volunteer for GreenCare for Troops, go to