The primary function of Rutgers grounds services is to maintain an aesthetically pleasing and clean grounds environment on all campuses to honor the mission of the university. Each geographic area presents unique grounds maintenance challenges that range from urban land and hardscape areas to rural landscapes.

Mowing Operations

General Mowing 

Weekly

 Line Trimming

Weekly 

 Removal of Clippings

N/A 

Edging Operations

Sidewalks & Curbs

Monthly

Shrub & Flower Bed

Yearly 

Tree Rings

Yearly 

Weeding and Cultivating

Manual Weeding

Monthly

Shrub Bed and Tree Rings Cultivating, Exposed Soil

Yearly 

Shrub Bed and Tree Rings Cultivating, Mulched Areas

Yearly 

Fertilization and Chemicals

Turf Fertilization

Twice Yearly

Turf Pre-emergent Crabgrass Control

As Needed

Turf Post-emergent Crabgrass Control

As Identified 

Broadleaf Herbicide

As Identified

Turf Spot Weed Control

As Identified

Inspection of Turf for Insects and Diseases

Weekly

Shrub Bed and Tree Ring Pre-emergent Weed Control

As Needed

Tree, Shrub and Groundcover Fertilization

As Needed 

Annual Flower and Perennial Flower Fertilization 

As Needed

Inspection of Plans for Insects and Diseases

Weekly

Pruning

Shade Trees

Yearly

Evergreen Trees

Yearly

Ornamental Trees

Yearly 

Deciduous Shrubs

Yearly

Evergreen Shrubs

Yearly

Woody Groundcover

Yearly

Rejuvenation Pruning

As Identified

Renovation Pruning

As Identified 

Cleaning Procedures

Police for Debris

Daily

Spring and Fall Cleanup

Twice Yearly

Walks and Curbs

Daily

Turf Maintenance and Renovation

Dethatching

Yearly / As Needed

Core Aeration

Yearly / As Needed

Topdressing and Over-seeding

Yearly / As Needed 

Slit Seeding

Yearly / As Needed

Watering Establishing Turf Areas

As Needed

Watering New Sod Areas

As Needed

Newly Seeded Lawns

As Needed

Soil Testing

Every Third Year 

Maintenance and Inspection of "NO Mow Zones"

Twice Yearly

Trees, Plants & Flowers

Watering of Tress, Shrubs and Groundcover

As Needed

Watering of Annual and Perennial Flowers

As Needed

Soil Testing

Every Third Year 

Flower and Perennial Flowers

Daily

Site Inspection with Report

Monthly

Storm Water Managemenrt

Sweeping of Parking Lots and Roadways

Monthly

Inspection and Cleaning of Catch Basins

Yearly