(FREDERICK), (MD), (8/1/11),— Classic Landscaping, Inc., a member of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), participated in Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, July 25, 2011.

Hundreds of landscape and lawn care professionals from across the nation bring their crews to Arlington National Cemetery to spend the day mulching, upgrading sprinklers, cabling and installing lightening protection for trees, pruning, liming more than 200 acres, planting, and aerating the soil. This gift is valued at more than $200,000 in products and services.

“Our members look forward to this opportunity each year to give back to the men and women who gave their lives for their country,” said Walter Wray, Landscape Industry Certified Technician, PLANET member and chairman of the event. “We consider it a privilege to be able to lend our time and talents to such a worthwhile project.” Many PLANET members have special connections at the cemetery either through relatives and friends who are buried there or through their own military service.

The day began at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony featuring a joint color guard and speaker presentations to dedicate the day of work and helping to maintain these hallowed grounds.

“We consider it an honor to participate in this effort each year,” says Scott Hall, President and CEO of Classic. “It’s a simple but meaningful way for us to express our gratitude and respect to those who serve or have served in our Armed Forces.”

PLANET partnered with the Irrigation Association and the Tree Care Industry Association and supporting the event at the Platinum level was Syngenta. For more information, visit, or call the PLANET office at (800) 395-2522.

PLANET is the association of members who create and maintain the QUALITY OF LIFE in communities across America. With more than 3,600 member companies and affiliates, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. Some of these professionals have taken the extra step of becoming certified through PLANET and bear the distinction of being known as Landscape Industry Certified.


by Kris Wolf

At our annual meeting and luncheon held at the beautiful ThorpeWood mountain retreat in February, Classic Landscaping, Inc. recognized several of our supervisors and managers who have been with our company for 10 years or more.   Most started with our company as laborers and have been promoted to supervisory or management positions. Those employees recognized have a combined 179 years of experience!  It is because of their hard work and dedication that we are one of the leading grounds maintenance and landscaping companies in Central Maryland and South Central Pennsylvania.

Supervisors recognized with 10 years of service include Silvestre Mondragon, Roberto Campos, Hosbin Cerrano, Manual Munguia, Alex Mendoza, Brian Etchison, and Raul Cubias.

Serving our customers for 15 years or more include supervisors Manual Cubias, Javier Macias, Rene Pineda, Wilfredo Diaz and Ulysis Munguia and Jorge Munguia.

A plaque was unveiled during the recognition ceremony that will be displayed in our office.  It includes the names of those employees who have 15 or more years of service with Classic Landscaping.

Classic is proud of its employees and their contribution to our company and the community.  We are looking forward to the start of our contract year and to continuing to serve our clients.


We’ll be back in January 2011!


by Scott Hall

One of the things that I look forward to during this season of the year is the opportunity to reflect and give thanks.  As I consider 2010, with the many challenges it provided, I want to express my sincere gratitude for you – our clients.

You are a blessing to us and we are privileged to serve you.  We are deeply grateful for your encouragement, your confidence, and your business.

I know that I also speak for the entire staff at here Classic when I say “thank you” for your continued support and the opportunity to serve you.

We wish you and your families a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!


by Chris Gurreri

If you haven’t already stopped reading in disgust, I promise this blog won’t be anything but positive about the upcoming winter season. In fact, the Farmers Almanac is calling for an average winter this year, which is something I can live with!

I mean, lets look on the bright side here folks, and look at the adjectives describing the next 4 months across the country. Words such as “Cold & Very Snowy” make me shudder at the thought of shoveling another 24 inches of snow. Or descriptions like “Bitterly Cold” as it predicts for New England; so sorry for their luck!! Our area doesn’t look all that bad in comparison; I’ll take “very cold and average” over “bitter” and “snowy” any day!

Of course, the question arises as to the accuracy and legitimacy of the legendary Farmers Almanac. The fact is that it originated long before the Civil War when the original weather calculator, David Young, published the first edition. The Almanac’s name and reputation of making accurate predictions is nothing new, however they won’t share the secret formula that’s been passed down through the generations. “Since 1818, this carefully guarded formula has been passed along from calculator to calculator and has never been revealed,” states its website. Even so, it’s known that the weather calculators do base their predictions on factors such as sunspots, moon phases, and other astronomical and atmospheric conditions.

There are also clues in nature that can point to a severe winter, although some find these to be more folklore than anything else:

  • Squirrels gather nuts early in the year
  • Crickets are found in the chimney
  • Trees hold their leaves late in the fall and remain green
  • Spiders spin larger than normal webs
  • Woodpeckers share a tree

I love the latter, since it’s almost impossible to spot and makes no sense at all!

Despite their claims of 80 – 85% accuracy over the years, they do suggest that weather predicting is not an exact science, something my local weatherman proves again and again every week. If I were as accurate at my job as the typical meteorologist, I wouldn’t be sitting here typing this article, at least not at Classic! None of us have a crystal ball to predict the future, much less the weather, but I’m with the Almanac this year and hope that our winter season is just plain old “average.”