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Illinois Professional Lawn Care Association
is a member-driven organization that deals with
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 Illinois Lawn Care Professionals.


Turf Education Day - TED 
University of Illinois  Urbana-Champaign
October 15, 2015

Please go to "TED U of Illinois" page for more information

Education Update
Turf Education Day - TED 
Chicago Botanic Garden

September 11, 2015
1000 Lake - Cook Rd
Glencoe, Illinois
IPLCA and ILCA (Illinois Landscape Contractors Association) have joined together with the Chicago Botanic Garden to present a day of turf education!

Keynote #1:  Zac Reicher, Bayer Environmental Science,
Professor University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2010-2015
Professor Purdue University 1996-2010

Keynote #2:  Dr. Jim Kerns,  Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Turfgrass and Plant Pathology from North Carolina State University.
"Weapons of Grass Destruction: Diseases of Cool-Season Landscape Turf"

Keynote #3 David S. Cantwell, Chicago Botanic Garden,  
"The Edens Berm/Wall Garden; NOT your Grandma's Petunias!"

To register or see more of the program:

Legislative Update

IPLCA Goes to Washington DC: July 2015
A trip to our nations's capital was a mix of a lot of gratitude and a few platitudes for IPLCA members Mark Utendorf and Harold Enger.  On their first day in Washington , they joined about 400 volunteer lawn professionals to treat some of the 624 acres of Arlington National Cemetery.  Utendorf and Enger worked on applying gypsum and lime to the grounds.  They both say simply being in the cemetery, the final resting place for more that 14,000 veterans, is inspiring.  On an average week day, between 27-30 funerals are held.  The grounds hold several memorials from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to President Kennedy's grave site with its eternal flame.  The day of service was organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, formerly known as PLANET.  See the Summer Newsletter 2015 for the rest of the story!
 Link to IPLCA Summer 2015 Newsletter


IPLCA is currently accepting membership applications for 2015!
Please join other turf enthusiasts in helping to create "one voice" in the turf industry. 

New membership:  go to
"Become a Member"
Membership Renewal:  go to "Renew Membership"
Day Of Service

The IPLCA has scheduled the Fisher House at Hines Hospital, Hines Il. to again be the recipients of the 2015 Day of Service Project!  We have scheduled 5 dates throughout 2015 to weed, feed and TLC the grounds of the Fisher House. April 18, May 30, July 18, September 19, and November 7.

We are currently looking for volunteers for each of the scheduled dates:  Supplies, equipment and labor!  8am to 12 noon.
Please contact Harold Enger

In 2014, TruGreen lawn professional Tim Pizza was pleased to be able to be one of the volunteers supplying lawn care to Fisher House at Hines Hospital. Family members or caregivers of patients at Hines Veterans Hospitals are able to stay at Fisher House free of charge. Tim’s son, a Navy veteran, was at Hines for cancer treatment several years ago. "The way they treated him was amazing. The VA did so much for Tim. He recently celebrated his fourth year of being cancer free.

Helping provide lawn care at Fisher House is my way of showing appreciation for the care they gave my son."

IPLCA offers service opportunities at Fisher House and at the Danville National Cemetery. Consider joining in one of these efforts in future months.



IPLCA Summer 2015 Newsletter

  • IPLCA Goes to Washington DC
  • Mixed Blessing of Rain
  • Something New about Mosquitoes
  • WOTUS woes
  • Press Release
  • Turf Education Day TED Registration Form
Go to "Members Only" to view previous editions of the IPLCA Newsletter.