The National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA), the leading organization for the economic and professional development of the landscape industry’s Hispanic American workforce, participated in a Day of Service initiative on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 12. The event, hosted by the Trust for the National Mall, counted on landscaping services offered by volunteer representatives from the NHLA, John Deere, PLANET, OPEI, the Irrigation Association and other industry leaders, who worked to improve the space just north of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
More than 80 volunteers from across the country were present in this year’s Day of Service at the National Mall, including RulyScapes and NHLA President Raul Berrios, NHLA President Elect and VP of Operations at Total Tree Care Juan Torres, NHLA Secretary-Treasurer and President of Alexandria Lawn Service Pam Berrios, and NHLA Executive Director Ralph Egües.
A study by Marc Berman of the University of Michigan has found that natural environments can have a significant positive effect on physical and mental health as well as the environment. Turf grass provides plenty of environmental benefits as it captures dust, smoke particles and other pollutants, as well as producing oxygen.
By carefully refining the scale, shape and function of each component of the landscape of the National Mall’s Constitution Gardens – landform, soils, plant materials, water flows and paving – the 80 volunteers worked together to foster a visually appealing, sustainable environment which will thrive for generations to come.