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Herbi-Systems’ owner Kenny Crenshaw returned home from his D.C. trip to Arlington National Cemetery with quite the rewarding experience on many levels.  This year, he also came back with a trophy – – the inaugural Workhorse Award, given by national trade association Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), in honor of his longstanding commitment to the Renewal & Remembrance project, which brings together volunteers from across the nation to work on the grounds of the historic cemetery.
“Kenny Crenshaw’s dedication to PLANET’s Renewal & Remembrance is a huge contributing factor to the event’s success. In every organization, there is one person whose involvement, if missing, would be a great loss. Kenny is that person,” said Bruce Allentuck, president of Allentuck Landscape Co. and chair of PLANET Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery.
“Mr. Allentuck and the PLANET staff wanted to create an annual award that would honor a particular individual on the subcommittee – from among our champions,” said Heather Finney, associate director of public relations for PLANET. “Given that Kenny has been involved with the program now for 11 years and because of his many hours spearheading one of the largest components of Renewal & Remembrance, the group felt that he had to be our inaugural recipient.” This year, the event took place on July 28. Crenshaw’s trophy was fashioned in the likeness of a horse’s head.
Crenshaw’s status as a “champion” means he helps plan the event as well as supervises as many as 300 volunteers. The Renewal & Remembrance project involves mulching, cabling and lightning protection of trees, pruning, planting and aerating of the more than 600-acre property.  In addition to applying crushed limestone to turf areas to raise soil pH for healthier turfgrass, Crenshaw and his team added gypsum this year to improve water penetration and root growth in Arlington’s clay soils. The labor of love occurs each July and is collectively valued at more than $200,000.
According to PLANET, 2014 marks the 18th anniversary of the beautification project and represents the largest “green” industry day of service in the country.  This year, more than 400 adults, approximately 100 companies and 40 children participated in this time-honored event.   Crenshaw’s “home crew” this year included wife Melissa and three of his children: Amy, 18 Jenna, 16 and David, 14, as well as employees Tim Price, Jason Pope, and Marty Oglesby.
A patriot at heart, Crenshaw said he remains involved with the project because it is a way of giving back to those who have served their country.  He also has a kinship with the project.  His Uncle Ken Kruger, who served in the U.S. Navy, is buried at Arlington.

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