Before performing any task, it is important to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). It is the responsibility of the Campus Manager to inform the Area Supervisors of the necessary PPE for each task and to provide that equipment. It is the responsibility of the Area Supervisor to insure that they and their crew are wearing the PPE. If there are concerns about the availability of personal protective equipment contact your supervisor immediately. It is important that hearing protection and eye protection is used when performing most of our tasks, in particular those that involve machinery.
Landscape Services uses a complete IPM strategy to deal with any pest affecting the plants we maintain.
All permanent personnel are trained and licensed to apply pesticides of any type. No employee is allowed to apply pesticides unless licensed.
We constantly monitor insects, diseases, weeds, etc., and only apply pesticides if necessary. We do many other control measures also, such as cultural practices, using resistant varieties of plants, biological control, mechanical control, rotating plants in certain beds, etc. In many situations certain levels of insects or diseases can be tolerated. We only apply chemicals when the health or life of the plant becomes endangered and other practices haven't been helpful in controlling the problem. We do not apply preventative chemicals like many lawn care companies do, unless we have perennial problems with certain insects, diseases or weeds. Each situation is evaluated and the campus manager makes the final decision if pesticides are to be applied.
Less toxic chemicals come out every year and we constantly look for the least hazardous chemicals to use in each situation. All federal, state and local regulations are strictly followed when any pesticides are applied. We always sign turf areas where insecticides have been applied to warn people not to be in these areas until they are dry.
Litter containers are checked daily.
The area is checked daily for litter and picked up as needed.
Litter containers are emptied when 1/2 full or when garbage scent is a nuisance.
Ash urns are emptied a minimum of three times weekly.
Dumpster areas are cleaned thoroughly once every two months.
Cigarette butts are picked up from sidewalks and mulch beds at least once per week.
Trash is removed prior to mowing.
When performing pruning on trees, shrubs and perennials, it is important to use the appropriate personal protective equipment. When using hand pruning saws, bypass pruners and loppers the required PPE you and your staff will use is safety glasses as well as complete training before attempting such a task. If the work might involve falling branches the hard‐hat/ face shield combination and safety glasses or on City Campus hard‐hat and goggles are required as well as complete training before attempting such a task. If the pruning is done on the high‐ranger: long pants, hard‐hat/face shield combination and safety glasses or on City Campus hard‐hat and goggles are required as well as complete training before attempting such a task.
If tree pruning is accomplished by climbing the tree: long pants, climbing saddle, lanyard, climbing rope, hard‐hat/face shield combination and safety glasses or on City Campus hard‐hat and goggles are required as well as complete training before attempting such a task.
If a chainsaw is used to prune: long pants, chainsaw chaps, gloves, hard‐hat/face shield combination and safety glasses or on City Campus hard‐hat and goggles are required as well as complete training before attempting such a task.
Snow removal is an important winter responsibility of Landscape Services. Since there is a reluctance on the part of the administration to close the campus due to weather, Landscape Services staff works diligently to get the campus open in time for morning classes and remove snow as it accumulates during the day.
All department personnel are involved in snow removal; operating snowplows, sweepers, snow blowers or shoveling by hand to make the campus as accessible and as safe as possible. All parking lots, streets, and sidewalks on campus are mapped and assigned to an equipment operator or a crew of scoopers. Areas are prioritized so that snow removal can be done in an efficient and effective manner. Information on access routes for handicapped students on campus is provided by the Office for Services for Students, Staff & Faculty with Disabilities. These areas of campus receive priority treatment for snow removal.
During winter snow events, we use ice melt products that environmentally safe and not harmful to the payment.
The snow removal process is initiated by a phone call from the campus managers to the individuals on the top of the calling‐tree list, followed by all employees being called and told when to arrive for snow removal. Starting times are determined by the amount of snowfall and predicted weather forecast. Landscape Services utilizes Doppler radar information available through the internet.
Our goal is to have parking lots cleaned and accessible before students and staff begin to arrive on campus. The employees arriving early (midnight, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 a.m.) for snow removal generally leave after eight hours if lots and walks have been cleared. Depending on availability, a small crew of employees are asked to work during typical University working hours to be available for calls regarding problem spots on campus.
On a rotating basis, crews are assigned to be on call for evening and weekend events held at the Champions Club, Devaney Sport Center, Kimball Hall, Morrill Hall, Johnny Carson School of Theater, Lied Center Nebraska Union, Ross Theater, Sheldon, Temple, Visitor Center, Westbrook , Wick Center and other locations as needed. Snow removal for the parking garage is done by Landscape Services and they require specialized snow removal equipment.