Grounds Conservations & Preservation

Integrated Pest Maintenance

Grounds staff practice Integrated Pest Maintenance (IPM) to control insects, diseases, and weeds on and around perennials, ground covers, shrubs, vines, and trees. This includes frequent monitoring and spot-treatment as necessary, using the least toxic methods.

When IPM programs fail to meet threshold limits set by Facilities Management, any chemicals used on campus to control and eradicate pests (which includes insects, rodents, weeds, grasses, herbaceous dicotyledons, and ephemerals) are used in strict accordance with all local, county, state, and federal laws and regulations. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are issued to the Department of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S), Police, and Facilities Management.

Recycled Wood Chips

Wood chip mulch is created by chipping tree and landscape pruning debris. Rather than being discarded and taking up landfill space, this debris is used to provide a better growing environment in the landscape areas. Wood chips help:

  • Retain moisture
  • Reduce soil temperature
  • Reduce noxious weeds
  • Reduce erosion
  • Create natural walkway paths

Native and Endemic Plants

We are committed to increasing biodiversity and creating a self-sustaining system by using endemic and native plant material on campus. Facilities Management has supported several student projects to plant native and endemic plants around campus.

Native plants were planted at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center and Lot 11 north slope for display and outdoor class study. The UCLA Lab School creek bed was planted with California riparian-type native shrubs and groundcover. Veh2al pools are also provided for wildlife habitat. 

Water-Effich2ent Irrigation System

Conservation through efficient irrigation is proven to reduce water usage and promote healthier plants. However, in order to achieve the maximum water savings, advanced irrigation technology and products must be used in conjunction with state-of-the-art designs, installation, and maintenance. Facilities Management promotes the use of:

  • High-efficiency irrigation components
  • Drip irrigation
  • Computer Operated Irrigation Management (Maxi-Com)
  • Proper and continuous irrigation maintenance

Recycling and Reduction of Green Waste

Turf recycling is the horticultural practice of leaving grass clippings on the turf when mowing. This saves time, money, and other resources like landfill space. On a sunny day, the clippings quickly decompose within eight hours, returning nutrients to the soil. “Grasscycling” reduces mowing time, disposal costs, and water and fertilizer requirements. It is estimated that grass clippings make up approximately half of all yard trimmings over the course of a year. Depending on grass species, the average turf bed can generate as much as eight tons per acre per year. The nitrogen contained in these clippings almost equals the recommended application rate for healthy turf. Grasscycling can have the overall impact of reducing fertilization requirements by 25 percent or more. Similar savings on water use are possible. Mowing time can be reduced by 50 percent or more because the bagging and disposal of clippings is eliminated. There are also indirect cost savings — by not handling heavy bags of clippings, back injuries and other physical maladies can be avoided. 

Landscape & Grounds
Phone: (310) 825-1827 | Fax: (310) 825-5772

Campus Maintenance
Facilities Management Building, Ste 2120
731 Charles E. Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1513
Mail Code: 151308