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Grounds maintenance leaders refresh skills in time for spring

KENT, Ohio - Two dozen Davey grounds maintenance crew leaders from across the country spent a week at the company's corporate headquarters refreshing their skills in preparation for the busy spring season.

The Davey Institute of Grounds Management (DIGM) is an annual training program designed to assure Davey field personnel are armed with the latest information about landscape and grounds management.

"We want our employees to follow our Davey Grounds Management Best Practices in the field, and DIGM is a way for us to make sure that they have that information," said George Gaumer, vice president and general manger of Davey's commercial landscape services division.

DIGM classes cover topics such as diagnosis and treatment of plant diseases and pests, proper technique for maintenance tasks, basic plant physiology, and customer service. In addition to grounds care practices, the participants view new landscape plants and share suggestions for adding them to the properties they care for.

The grounds maintenance personnel who attended the program came from Florida, Maryland, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

The Davey Company, with U.S. and Canadian operations in 45 states and five provinces, provides a variety of tree services, grounds maintenance, and consulting services for the residential, utility, commercial, and government markets. Founded in 1880, Davey is employee owned and has more than 7,000 employees.

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