The mission of our program is to maintain the grounds on the Drew campus in an aesthetically pleasing and safe condition. These areas include all lawns, trees, landscape plantings, athletic fields, parking lots, sidewalks, and roadways. We maintain these areas in a safe and attractive condition within our provided budget.
The maintenance programs are initiated by the Grounds Supervisor, and most of the labor-intensive work is done in-house by Facilities staff. Some major grounds work and projects such as paving, fencing, and major tree work are done by professional contractors. The contractors are authorized to do work and are supervised by the campus Grounds Supervisor.
Dubbed “The University in the Forest”, Drew is distinguished by its many old trees and on-campus arboretum. The Facilities and Grounds Departments always try to remain sensitive to the University’s desire to maintain the forest look and feel of the campus grounds. We continue to work with students, faculty, and administration to preserve and protect the age-old trees and grounds.
The Grounds Department practices conscientious and environmentally sound chemical applications according to its Integrated Pest Management Program, which incorporates different cultural and natural protections against pests and careful monitoring to determine the level of severity. Pesticide applications are made only when necessary, and herbicide and insecticide applications are made only as spot treatments in problem areas, not in blanket applications. This, along with the elimination of preventive pesticide applications, reduces the amount of pesticide use. Cultural and natural practices include over seeding with pest-resistant grass varieties, fertilization and liming per soil test results, soil aeration, proper mowing height, and irrigation, where possible. Our goal is to maintain a healthy stand of turf and ornamental plantings that will withstand occasional pest infestations and require only limited use of pesticides. Tree, extermination, and horticultural professionals are also called on in certain situations to provide expert evaluations and recommendations.
The Grounds Staff receives training each year in landscape related topics, such as proper pruning techniques, plant identification, masonry training, and safe equipment operation. The department is able to handle an increasing workload as the need for outside contracting diminishes with in-house training and our capability to handle previously contracted work. The Grounds Staff continues to maintain a safe and attractive campus for the Drew community, and broadens its knowledge of grounds issues through training for the benefit of the University.