Additional General Services staff members with professional training in Arboriculture and Grounds Maintenance, are hired each season and are actively involved in the ongoing development and implementation of the IPM program. Wood chip mulch, produced on campus, is applied to flower and shrub beds and assists with weed control and moisture retention. A fall maintenance program for the beds has also been implemented.
Tree pruning efforts are not limited to hazard reduction but also include pruning for tree health. The health of the campus forest is improving and General Services has already reduced chemical pesticide use on all trees and shrubs.
The health of the campus turf is improving with the implementation of a new turf management program which involves aeration, fertilization and seeding with a variety that is disease and drought resistant.
Participated in the Native Plant Walk today for ENVR 2000 at Migizii Agamik. Looked at Big Bluestem, Wild Bergamot, Narrow - leafed Sunflower, Sweet Grass, Yarrow, Hyssop, and more! More locations should consider the advantages and beauty of landscaping using native plants instead of non-native grasses. Some plants are even edible! #umsustainability #migiziiagamik #uofm #aboriginal #gardening #landscaping #natural #environment #sustainability