Gardens are never static and the Grounds Dept. always has something new and interesting going on.
Championship Field gets a unique treatment to reinvigorate the turfOne of the newest practices in sports turf maintenance, known as Fraze Mowing, was used to remove a weedy grass from the turf without the use of herbicides. Dean Pearson explains the technique and the reasons for using it.
Renovation of the Infield at Logan Field
A much-needed renovation of the softball infield was completed in August 2016. Read Peter Larson's description of the process.
Summer Pruning 2016
It's a great opportunity to get some aerial views of campus from the highlift.
Pines in the Quad
You may notice some missing trees along the Bannon building at the east side of the Quad. In the August 2015 unusual windstorm, one of these giants came down. We had the rest of them assessed by a local arborist, Favero Greenforest, who is certified in Tree Risk Assessment. Although all the remaining trees were assessed as savable with extentive pruning, three more trees were removed during winter 2015 and the rest were pruned according to Favero's specifications. Plans for new a landscape in the area are underway.
We took advantage of our limited access to campus during Orientation Days in July by volunteering at two local community farms. CitySoil Farm is our own SU venture managed by the Environmental Studies program in conjunction with King County. It provides fresh healthy food to Renton area food banks. Seattle Community Farm is on the grounds of Rainier Vista Housing and provides fresh produce to the Rainier Valley food bank and local members who donate time at the farm. we helped with irrigation, harvesting, pruning and staking. Two 80+ F days!
Venerable Old Sawara Cypress comes down
In spring 2015, we had to remove the Sawara Cypress that had graced the east face of the Pigott building for many years. It developed a dangerous lean and was a hazard to passersby. Bartlett Tree Experts did a masterful job of bringing the large tree down without incident.
New plantings near the Quad
A beautiful shade tolerant and pollinator-friendly landscape in now installed in the bed on the west side of the Quad. Gardener Laura Schiltz and crew placed some good-sized rocks in the landscape. One is a perfect place to stop and enjoy the beauty of the leafy Upper Mall.
Chardin Hall entrance landscape gets a makeover
Gardener Ben Williams has been carefully planning the renovation of the front entrance to Chardin Hall. New plant additions are chosen for their habitat value, their drought tolerance and their beauty! It's being done in phases, with the help of our awesome students to completely change the experience of entering the residence hall.