The Vision of the Landscaping & Grounds Department is to maintain a diverse and healthy landscape on the Greeley campus and to provide quality turf for athletic programs, and the campus. Our Mission is characterized by the following:
Aesthetics and Passive Recreation
We strive to provide a quality campus setting that can be enjoyed by all and it is our
desire that visitors to our campus will experience the beauty of our campus, especially our Xeric Demonstration Garden, which is part of our mission to encourage and promote water conservation. We currently maintain and promote our Xeric Garden and we foster
its use for education and enjoyment. We also strive to educate the UNC community in the proper care of our trees and to discourage littering, vandalism and damage to our campus landscape.
It is also our mission to provide a campus environment that does not pose a risk to the UNC community and we strive to remedy and/or remove any potential hazards on the campus grounds. We strive to maintain our sports turf fields in a manner that promotes good and safe playing conditions.
Plant Health and Preservation
We strive for a diverse population of trees and ornamental plantings in order to assist in educating the UNC community of proper plant selection and arrangement in the landscape. A diverse landscape promotes a healthy campus by discouraging insect infestations disease. Plant diversity enhances our mission of Integrated Pest Management. It is also our mission to promote plant health by performing proper maintenance practices that include proper watering, fertilization, pesticide application and pruning and to serve as the standard for professional horticultural practices for the Greeley community at large. It is our goal to preserve our campus heritage by encouraging tree protection prior to and during construction.
UNC is located in a semi-arid climate, only receiving annual precipitation of 12 inches. This region has and will continue to experience multi-year droughts, and it is our responsibility to develop long term strategies that will enhance water conservation in our local and perhaps State-wide water conservation efforts. These strategies must include water budgeting, and incorporating innovative irrigation technologies, increased use of xeric landscapes on the campus and education on water conservation in the landscape.