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Davey Grounds Management Program Marks 15th Year

Posted: March, 2015

Kent, Ohio – Davey landscape professionals from across the U.S. spent five days in March learning the latest trends and best practices in Commercial Grounds Management in preparation for the spring season.

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For the 15th year, the Davey Institute of Grounds Management instructed landscape maintenance leaders on a variety of topics, including maintenance of bio-retention areas and rain gardens, grounds management efficiency, nuisance pests, and tree, turf grass and plant disease and pest identification and treatment. Davey employees traveled from Texas, Florida, Indiana, Michigan and Maryland to attend D.I.G.M.

Shawn Fitzgerald, technical advisor for The Davey Tree Expert Company, said D.I.G.M. has grown in popularity among Davey employees since its inception in 2000.

“Each year we accept 25 students, and last year we had 40 applications,” Fitzgerald said. “There’s a real interest among Davey’s top Commercial Landscape Services employees to learn the latest industry trends and best practices in order to better serve their clients.”

Students learned from experts at the Davey Institute about irrigation maintenance and water management, soil care, ornamental tree and shrub identification, turf grass identification, diseases and insects and tree and shrub care in addition to leadership training and other topics related to residential and commercial grounds management. 

The Davey Tree Expert Company’s more than 8,000 employees provide tree care, grounds maintenance and environmental consulting services for the residential, utility, commercial and government markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Davey has provided Proven Solutions for a Growing World since 1880 and has been employee-owned for 35 years. For more information, visit www.davey.com.

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