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 hard‐hat, 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Insect and disease control will take place on an as needed basis.
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.
Fertilizer will be removed from sidewalks the day of the application.
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.
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.
Aeration of turf areas will take place every year in high traffic or donor and named gardens.
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.
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.
Sidewalks, streets, and driveways shall be edged annually or more often if necessary.
Plantings shall be edged every two years or more often if necessary.