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Grounds Services

Grounds Shop

Turf Management:

  • Mowing, trimming, aerating, raking, spraying, fertilizing, irrigating, seeding, sodding.

Ornamental Planting & Maintenance:

  • Designing, selecting, purchasing, planting, pruning, mulching, fertilizing, spraying, watering of trees, shrubs, perennial, annual flowers.

Irrigation Maintenance:

  • Scheduling watering times; repairing, replacing, installing heads, valves, controllers and piping; winterizing.

Road and Lot Maintenance:

  • Cleaning and patching pavement; cleaning catch basins and storm sewers.

Sidewalk Maintenance:

  • Cleaning, edging, repairing and replacing damaged walkways (with Carpentry Shop) and adjacent lawn areas.

Landscape Accessory Maintenance:

  • Installing and maintaining benches, waste containers, ash urns, kiosks, sculptures, railings, fences and banner poles.

Sign Maintenance:

  • Installing, repairing and replacing signage (coordinating with the Paint Shop).

Trail Maintenance:

  • Pruning, grading and mulching of trails in Putnam Park.

Snow/Ice Removal:

  • Sweeping, plowing, blowing and shoveling snow; spreading sand and deicers on parking and service lots, walkways, exterior stairways, ramps, curb cuts, providing extra attention to areas of handicapped accessibility. Also see the Snow & Ice Removal policy for more info.

Trash Removal:

  • Picking and collecting trash on campus grounds; cleaning ash urns; assisting in demolition projects and hauling away construction debris.

Furniture and Equipment Moving:

Construction and Landscaping Projects

  • Designing and installing various landscape projects, including walkways, plantings, retaining walls, stairways, ramps, signage, lighting, irrigation, sculpture bases, playground equipment, etc.; assuming maintenance of contracted projects by completing, correcting and/or cleaning up the site after the contractor leaves.

Flood Control:

  • Maintaining flood control structure and pumps; operating flood pumps.

Equipment Maintenance and Repair:

  • Performing preventative maintenance and repairs on Grounds equipment, updating and upgrading equipment to perform Grounds duties efficiently.

Procuring Materials:

  • Purchasing, hauling and installing equipment and materials for other shops and departments as requested through the work-order process.

Project Design and Management:

  • Designing, specifying, contracting, and inspecting projects that are beyond the scope of a maintenance organization; projects may include parking, roadway, walkway, drainage, athletic field, irrigation, lighting, fencing, signage and sculpture base developments.

Contracted Services:


Construction Projects:

  • Contracting of large-scale or knowledge and/or equipment intensive projects.

Pavement Repair:

  • Paving, patching, crack filling and sealing of bituminous roadways, lots, tennis and basketball courts.

Fence Installation and Repair:

  • Installing and repairing of chain link fences and gates.

Street and Lot Cleaning:

  • Sweeping of the streets, service areas, and parking lots.

Construction Waste Disposal:

  • Hauling and disposal of mixed construction waste.

Scrap Metal Recycling:

  • Hauling of mixed metals.

Beaver Control:

  • Trapping of beavers and removing their dams.
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