July 15, 2013
Local business owner Kenny D. Crenshaw, president of Herbi-Systems, Inc., is gearing up for another trip to the nation’s capital. This year marks a decade of patriotic volunteerism and leadership for Crenshaw. In D.C., he serves as a “champion” or leader in the Arlington National Cemetery Renewal and Remembrance project. He leaves on July 18 and will take a couple of employees with him. The volunteer effort, which brings together 500 other landscape professionals across the nation, is scheduled for July 22.
The Renewal and Remembrance project involves mulching, cabling of trees, pruning, planting and aerating of the grounds in the historic cemetery. Crenshaw organizes and directs 300 volunteers. His team applies crushed limestone pellets to raise soil pH for healthier grass. The labor of love occurs each July and is collectively valued at more than $200,000.
“I do it because it gives us a chance to give back to people who have served our country,” Crenshaw said. He also has a kinship with the project. His Uncle Ken Kruger, who served in the U.S. Navy, is buried at Arlington.
This year, Crenshaw has enlisted two of his industrial weed control technicians, Phil Davis and Lee Tapley, who are returning volunteers, to work on the project.
In his own community, Crenshaw also is recognized for his initiative. He is the chairman for the local chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), lobbying to benefit and address the needs of small businesses.
Herbi-Systems is the largest privately owned lawn care provider in the Greater Memphis Area serving 8,000 homeowners as well as industrial, governmental and commercial entities. The company specializes in weed control and fertilization of turf and ornamentals, as well as industrial and right-of-way weed and brush control. This year, Herbi-Systems added irrigation maintenance and repair to its roster of services.