Shortly before Paul Tarantino was deployed to Iraq with the 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, his property in Fond du Lac, Wis., was flooded and damaged.
During his year-long absence, his wife, Marie, had her hands full with working, raising their four children and maintaining the home.
So the Fox Cities Chapter of the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association, serving under the auspices of Project Evergreen’s GreenCare for Troops initiative, decided to donate materials and time to help the Tarantinos fix the damage caused by the flooding. Gary Weyers of Weyers Equipment planned and organized the efforts and member companies converged on the Tarantino’s property, transforming it into a peaceful, pastoral family retreat.
Black dirt from Earth Werks helped to raise, level, and improve the lawn space, which was seeded and fertilized by Happy Lawns of Berlin. Schmalz Custom Landscaping (Appleton), The Vande Hey Company (Appleton) and Peterson Landscaping (Kaukauna) raised the ornamental beds, then planted them with new flowers and greenery. Weeds and rocks were replaced by clean new areas by volunteers from the Holy Family Catholic Parish. Materials and labor donated by Rademannn Stone & Landscape Company (Fond du Lac) and Buechel Stone created a backyard fire ring, complete with a circular brick patio. Red bark brought in by Stuart’s Landscaping and Garden Center (Fond du Lac & Oshkosh) completed the finished look of the renovations, with help from Garden Partners Landscaping of Appleton.
The efforts were completed in one day.