Grounds & Landscaping

General Grounds Maintenance

Courtyard with trees We use a "Zone" concept of maintenance, using 5 - 7 person crews during the growing season. The zone areas are Oval, Clark, Moby, Housing, Foothills Campus, Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Old Fort Collins High School. Each zone crew is responsible for trim mowing, string trimming, edging of the sidewalks and curbs, weeding and mulching of the shrub and flower beds, trimming of the shrubs, cleaning gutters and daily litter cleanup. The Flower Crew prepares, plants, and maintains the more than eighty flower beds on campus. Each bed contains annuals, perennials, shrubs or a combination of the three. A separate mowing crew uses two 15-foot turf mowers, five 72-inch mowers and assorted specialty mowers to mow the entire campus turf area. Certain natural areas are mowed using two tractor-drawn mowers.

Lawn and Tree Maintenance

Courtyard with trees Over the years, in cooperation with the CSU Tree Management Advisory Committee and other interested organizations on campus, we have developed procedures and policies regarding the inspection and grading of each tree on campus. This process enables us to determine which trees need only to be trimmed, and which must be removed. A tree maintenance program is now in place, involving the pruning of each tree according to its structure and functional requirement. This program will ensure every tree will be maintained for its long term health and the safety of the campus community

Tree Campus USA

To become a Tree Campus USA site, CSU was required to demonstrate that it will ensure the protection and maintenance of the campus’ urban forest, reduce hazardous tree risks to public safety and maintain a sustainable campus forest through tree species diversity and best management practices. CSU is repsonsible for more that 4,500 trees on the main campus as well as thousands of trees on CSU’s satellite campuses. Trees are valuable to CSU because they benefit the environment, provide shade and cooling effects, enhance the beauty of our campus, protect us from the wind, and clean our air. The university joins more than 150 American colleges and universities recognized by the program. Courtyard with trees At Colorado State University, Facilities Management and the Colorado State Forest Service team up to meet the five Tree Campus USA Standards.

Throughout each year the Tree Advisory committee meets to ensure that the Tree Care Plan stays current and addresses new challenges as they arise. Each spring, they also host an Arbor Day celebration which provides our students a hands-on opportunity learn more about trees and thier important role in our environment. More information on Tree Campus USA can be found at

Sprinklers and Irrigation

Scheduling and application of irrigation water is controlled by a computer program. This takes into account the average rainfall and temperatures which historically occur during the growing season (April to October). When the E.T. (evapo-transpiration) requirement is reached, application is automatically reduced or stopped. Water is conserved wherever possible. Most watering occurs at night, using recommended application rates. However, it is not always possible to water only at night. Watering of newly laid sod and of other requests will occur during the day. Water used for irrigation and sprinklers comes from College Lake on the Foothills Campus and has not been treated for drinking.

Sports Turf

Hughes Stadium, Jack Christiansen Track, Ram Field (softball), the football practice field, the multi-purpose fields, the baseball field and the band practice field are all maintained by the Grounds Department Sportsturf crew. The crew leader regularly coordinates with the Athletic Director, coaches and other University personnel with regard to schedules, event coordination and any special needs they may have. The crew prepares and places the lines on the field in accordance with NCAA requirements, makes minor repairs to the playing field during interruptions in play and is usually present at each event to provide support and assistance as needed. Special turf maintenance procedures are used to prevent and remedy the compaction, divoting and other problems commonly associated with team play. The crew also works to help coordinate and support other special events which are held at several of the sports facility areas.

Outdoor Pest Control

Wherever possible, the preferred method is to use biological controls or natural substances for controlling pests, plant diseases, and weeds on campus. This allows us to limit the type and quantity of chemical and other less desirable controls. If the use of chemicals is unavoidable, we use less potent chemicals whenever possible. Chemicals are applied according to safety regulations and guidelines. Application usually occurs during the early morning hours or on weekends to avoid exposure to the campus community.

Street Closures

In most cases, it is not feasible to consult the entire campus community before scheduling a street closure. However, campus events are carefully considered prior to setting the date for a street closure. Generally, two weeks to one-month advance notice is given to the campus community. Facilities Management notifies building proctors of street closures via a notification form. Building proctors are responsible for informing their building occupants of campus street closures.

Snow Removal Policies

Snow on grounds During the winter season, Facilities Management is responsible for snow and ice removal within 20 feet of all campus building entries, and from the pedestrian walkways. Our primary emphasis is to maintain as safe a walking surface as possible. All possible efforts are made to remove all snow and ice from campus walkways prior to the start of classes and to keep them clear the rest of the day. However, our resources are limited so we ask everyone to exercise caution and take personal responsibility for their own safety in inclement weather. If you encounter an area that is particularly hazardous please contact us immediately at 970-491-0077.

Links & Forms

Building Addresses Snow Removal Priority Areas