Ocean View benefits from Earth Day service project


The Town of Ocean View got a special Earth Day present when workers from Sposato Landscaping showed up last week to do some pro bono landscaping.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming: Sposato employee Mario Flores gets some help mulching from manager Jay Owen and Charlie McMullen from the town of Ocean View on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Sposato employee Mario Flores gets some help mulching from manager Jay Owen and Charlie McMullen from the town of Ocean View on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.

“The town is very appreciative of the efforts of Sposato,” said Public Works Supervisor Charlie McMullen. “Jay here was kind enough to have his folks weed, cut out and mulch around all the flower beds,” he said of Sposato branch manager Jay Owen.

On an Earth Day more fit for sloshing in rain puddles or curling up with a hot chocolate and a good book, service projects just like this one were happening all over the country last Wednesday, April 22. Owen said Sposato are members of the Professional Landcare Network, or PLANET, and similar service-oriented landscaping projects were happening internationally, as well.

“They are happening everywhere — here, and in other states and in Canada,” he said. He said their company had participated in some Arbor Day projects in the past but nothing “on this level.” Their Milton office was participating in a similar service project, and several of their managers planted trees in Rehoboth Beach and in Laurel.

Besides the work done at the Wallace A. Melson Public Safety and Administrative Building, they fixed up John West Park a bit, too.

“We thought Ocean View would be a great fit for us because we’ve done a lot of work at Bear Trap, and we appreciate the community providing us a chance at having a successful business and we wanted to give back,” said Owen.

And what a gift it was.

“These are the things you dream about happening, but they don’t usually happen,” half-joked McMullen. “In these financial times, we are truly grateful for this.”

PLANET is an international trade association serving lawn care professionals, landscape management contractors, design/build/installation professionals and interior plantscapers. Their nationwide day of service on April 22 was to allow their members to unite with other green industry professionals for a day of giving back to local communities.

Sposato Landscaping was founded in 1992 and has offices in Frankford and in Milton. They do landscape management, landscape architecture, design and building, pest and nutrient management, and irrigation and illumination. They employ more than 180 workers and manage more than 3,000 residential and commercial accounts across Delmarva.

Sposato is also trying to reduce their footprint by offering recycling in all of their offices, grinding up yard waste for compost and have switched some of their non-hauling vehicles to smaller, more fuel-efficient models. For more information, visit www.sposatolandscape.com online.