The Grounds staff is committed to stewarding an environmentally friendly campus that provides educational opportunities for students and that serves as a safe and inviting space for the campus and our surrounding community.

Grounds staff have the professional landscaping skills and expertise necessary to develop and maintain the safety and aesthetic quality of the University's outdoor landscape.  They also handle campus snow and ice removal, and numerous miscellaneous outdoor maintenance duties.

Grounds staff perform the following functions:

Soft Landscaping:

  • Maintenance of campus green fields and turf 
  • Maintenance of shrubs, trees and indoor plants 
  • Control of plant pests and diseases 
  • Cultivation of plants and management of the tree nursery 
  • Introduction of new tree and plant varieties for on-campus teaching purposes

Hard Landscaping:

  • Minor maintenance and repair of existing sidewalks, walkways, and roads made of concrete, asphalt and brick
  • Installation, maintenance and repair of fences, patios, garden and street furniture

Miscellaneous Duties:

  • Emptying bulk garbage bins, pedestrian garbage cans, and pickup of litter 
  • Participating in campus architectural landscape design, construction and excavations using heavy equipment 
  • Removing outdoor graffiti and repairing outdoor vandalism 
  • Running of compost operation 
  • Setup of temporary and special events across campus
  • Fulfilling special work requests for other departments

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

The IPM program seeks to establish an effective, environmentally friendly and holistic approach to pest management by incorporating preventative maintenance, custodial practices, landscaping, solid waste disposal, contracted service, and customer education.  The IPM policy covers all campus grounds that are managed by Facilities & Project Management.

  • Preventative Maintenance - Systematic cleaning of drains, traps, trash corrals, and trash cans; daily inspection of campus grounds to remove loose trash; removal of ivy, climbing plants and dead wood; and removal of discarded materials.
  • Landscaping - Selection of disease- and insect-resistant plants; scheduled pruning of trees and shrubs; use of organic fertilizers and biorational chemicals to avoid insect and disease resistance. Additionally, turf is mowed at higher heights to crowd out weeds.

By taking an IPM approach, the Grounds department will attempt to use the most environmentally sound methods for controlling pests that negatively impact the health of plant life on campus.  Every attempt will be made to find the most innovative and least toxic way of controlling pests, using chemicals only as a last resort.

Goals of the IPM Program:

  • Reduce pesticide use, and associated exposure risks, at Stanford.
  • Reduce the cost of pest control on campus.
  • Minimize harm to the environment.
  • Improve long-term plant protection.
  • Train and educate staff members about the Grounds IPM program.

UFV enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year, providing campus foliage with the sun, rain and wind it needs to grow and spread.  Grounds employees are also on hand, adding nurture to nature and sustaining the beautiful landscape.

Seasonal Changes Across the Campus

Plant-life on UFV's campus is constantly in flux, as the landscape changes dramatically from season-to-season.  Each season offers a unique experience to the University's grounds' landscape.


The winds pick up as the emerging sun dries away the Winter rains and gives new life to plants across the campus.  Spring growth, both in plants and insects, make this one of the busiest seasons for Grounds employees.


While Summer provides plenty of the sun plants need to grow, the dry season can also be hard on those plants most dependent upon water.  The Irrigation Crew makes sure campus flora stays well-watered, while our shrub crews work to prune Spring growth.

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