Since repairing and maintaining irrigation systems is Southern Sprinklers’ specialty, and volunteerism and service are such a huge part of his and his company’s culture, Klaas, a US Navy veteran, decided that there was one more lawn he wanted to help maintain as part of their efforts — Arlington National Cemetery.
For the past 15 years, the Klaas family and Southern Sprinklers has paid all expenses for virtually his entire staff and his family to spend the third week of July at Arlington National Cemetery to participate in the Renewal and Remembrance program, sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals. During that week, they and their employees, together with green industry experts from around the country, work to beautify the hallowed grounds of Arlington. Every company does what it does best. In the case of Southern Sprinklers, that means repairing the numerous irrigation system for the 624-acre cemetery that dates to the Civil War.