Local landscaper adds national certification to state license

Shawn LaRue

Crestview landscape company owner Shawn LaRue has received certification under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, January 13, 2014 at 05:15 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Adding to his state irrigation certification, local landscaper Shawn LaRue has earned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense certification.

The certification arrived just in time for LaRue and his company to begin assessing customers' damage from the recent freezing weather.

The EPA program promotes water-efficient landscape irrigation systems and helps LaRue's customers save water, according to an EPA press release.

LaRue, owner of Crestview-based Horticultural Services Group, was also one of the first 50 horticulturists in Florida to become licensed under a new state regulatory program.

"The state of Florida is actually getting to where they're trying to manage and regulate irrigation contractors the way with they do pesticide companies," LaRue said.

His state license supersedes Okaloosa County requirements that landscape companies have at least a county-issued license from the county Plumbing Board.

Most recently, LaRue earned certification through the international Irrigation Association professional organization.

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