Turf Maintenance

  1. The personal protective equipment required for mowing in addition to regular work clothes will be: safety glasses and hearing protection of either ear plugs or ear muffs. Suggested equipment, as appropriate to conditions, would include a hat or hardÔÇÉhat, sunscreen, dust mask, and leather gloves. Radios or headsets are prohibited when driving or operating equipment. The PPE required for use of string trimmers or other grass trimmers are safety glasses/goggles, long pants or chainsaw chaps, ear muff and /or face shield and ear plugs if the ear protectors on the helmet are not used.
  2. Trimming turf around trees, shrubs, mulched areas, buildings, signs, lights, fences, curbs, etc. will be performed no sooner than the day before and no later than the day after mowing or as weather permits.
  3. The height of the riding mowers will be adjusted only with prior approval of the campus man ager. The height of the mowers will fall within a range of 3" to 4" based on the current growing conditions.
  4. Mowing will take place weekly in areas that are actively growing and when conditions allow. Some areas may need mowing two times per week if conditions warrant.
  5. Irrigation will take place where automatic systems or quick couplers are available. Irrigation levels should meet the needs of the actively growing turf to prevent stress from weather condi tions or pests. There are some high priority areas that are served with building hydrants and those areas will require watering.
  6. Weed control should be performed to maintain the turf to maintain less than 10% weeds. Other weeds should be controlled to prevent an infestation. All pesticide use will be done according to label instructions. All pesticide applications will be recorded in the pesticide application record book.
  7. Insect and disease control will take place on an as needed basis.
  8. Fertilization of cool season grasses (bluegrass, fescue blends, tall fescue) will take place in the spring (late April to early May) for high priority, donor and named gardens. Fertilization for all turf areas will occur in the fall (early October to early November). One (1) pound of nitrog en/1000 sq. ft will be applied at each period and an additional .5 pound of nitrogen/1000 sq. ft can be applied to other areas in late summer as needed. Fertilization of warm season grasses (buffalo grass, bermuda, zoysia, prairie grasses) will take place between June 15th and July 1st. The rate of nitrogen will be 1 pound/1000 sq. ft.
  9. Fertilizer will be removed from sidewalks the day of the application.
  10. The product MSDS and label will dictate what PPE is required. If you have questions, make sure you discuss them with the campus manager before applying pesticides.
  11. Leaf litter will be mulched with mowers as needed throughout the fall and winter months. Large concentrations of leaves may require pickup using rakes or lawn sweepers. Leaf litter will not be allowed to accumulate to the point that it will damage or kill turf.
  12. Aeration of turf areas will take place every year in high traffic or donor and named gardens.
  13. Renovation of turf will take place as needed. The appropriate seeding rate for the turf grass mix will be determined by the degree of renovation and the type of turf grass.
  14. Clippings will be removed from paved surfaces the day of the mowing . Clippings on lawn areas should be removed only when there is such a concentration of clippings on the turf that it might damage the live plants.
  15. Sidewalks, streets, and driveways shall be edged annually or more often if necessary.
  16. Plantings shall be edged every two years or more often if necessary.