Grounds and Landscaping

Philosophy and Practices

  • Seattle University's Grounds Department has been a leader in sustainable landscape management practices since the 1980's. All outdoor areas of the Seattle University campus are maintained without the use of chemical pesticides. Taking Seattle University’s mission statement as a guide, the Grounds Department is committed to fostering a sustainable and environmentally friendly campus that also functions as an urban wildlife sanctuary.

    For more information on Seattle University's campus sustainability initiatives visit this website.

    Organic Practices

    The shift to sustainable landscape practices began in 1979 with the adoption of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Our IPM program differs from many others in that chemical pesticide applications are not a viable option. Only OMRI rated products are used on the campus grounds. We use a combination of methods that focus on total plant health, particularly at the soil level. Some of the components of our program include:

    • Weed suppression, not eradication
    • Compost top-dressing
    • Wood chip mulch
    •  Centralized control of irrigation and monitored water use
    •  Responsible Plant Selection 
    •  Beneficial Insect Release 
    •  Nutrient cycling 
    •  Compost Tea application 
    •  Encouraging Beneficial Insect and Bird Populations