Grounds and Landscaping

Grounds and Landscaping Services is responsible for maintaining 249 acres of land; 21 acres of parking lots with 3,177 parking spaces; 3.5 miles of roadways; and 7.5 miles of sidewalks. This unit completes all maintenance of the lawns, trees, bushes and flowers. During the winter months, the maintenance includes snow removal and ice control 24-hours a day. The crew cleans up debris and litter keeping the campus looking great. They perform special operations for in-house, electrical, plumbing and concrete work, sets up for events such as Alumni Weekend and Fred Fest and continually look for ways to enhance the campus appearance. In addition, they maintain all traffic and regulatory signs along the campus roadways and parking lots. The grounds crew maintains several athletic fields including University Stadium soccer and lacrosse fields, the practice soccer fields, baseball field, softball field, outdoor running track, and the cross-country running courses. The maintenance includes layout, lining, irrigation and fertilization of the fields. Additionally the staff is NYSDEC certified for the application of pesticides.

Many recent campus improvements have been designed using native plantings and trees.  These projects include new tree plantings along parking lot 9, near parking lot 10 and along parking lot 19A and the installations of new planting beds around the campus.  Grounds and Landscaping Services is continually looking for ways to enhance the campus with the recent installation of new gardens at many sign locations around the campus. 

Main Entrance Sign Soccer Stadium
Fenton Hall flowers Retaining wall
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Helpful links

Cornell University School of Horticulture
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
New York State Turfgrass Association
New York State Turfgrass Association


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