Sustainable Landscape Status

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Students gather data on test plot

2013 North Quad Demonstration Project: With the cooperation of Facility Services, the North Quad and surrounding turf and rock mulch areas are being managed using our sustainable methods and materials.  Weeds are being pulled by hand and organically-approved sprays (vinegar and/or citrus-based) will be used for pavers and sidewalk cracks.  Based on the results of our soil tests, appropriate soil amendments will be applied this season to improve soil health and encourage healthy turf.

New campus-wide mowing height: For 2013, Facility Services has increased the mowing height of lawn areas to 2.5 inches.  We believe that taller grasses inhibit weed growth and help retain soil moisture.  Research sites are being mowed at 3 inches as they were in 2012.

Research plots:  The Eastburn and Knoles test and control plots will continue to receive treatments and monitoring.  The SBS plots are being consolidated, and the control site is now part of the test site.  We will be hand-weeding both plots and applying appropriate soil amendments.  These sites will also be used to test new weed controls methods, such as organic sprays.

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North Quad Demonstration Area Map

Maps of Research Plots

Eastburn

Knoles

SBS

Rock Mulch

Description of Research Plots

Lawn (Turf) Plots

Eastburn Turf Test Plot East (ET-E)
Location: SE of Eastburn main entrance, bordered by Knoles Drive
Size: 15,006 sq. ft.

Eastburn Turf Test Plot West (ET-W)
Location: SE of Eastburn main entrance, along side of building
Size: 3,665 sq. ft.

Eastburn Turf Control Plot (EC)
Location: NE of Eastburn main entrance, bordered by Knoles Drive
Size: 27,821 sq. ft.

Knoles Turf Test Site (KT)
Location: East side of parking garage, south of control site, by parking garage entrance
Size: 1,727 sq. ft.

Knoles Turf Control Site (KC)
Location: East side of parking garage, north of test site, bordered by Riordan and Knoles Drive
Size: 2,427 sq. ft.

SBS Turf Test Plot (ST)
Location: North of SBS entrance
Size: 4,362 sq. ft.

SBS Turf Control Plot (SC)
Location: North of SBS entrance
Size: 710 sq. ft.
*NOTE: This site is now part of the test plot for 2013 and will begin receiving treatments.

Ardrey Turf Test Plot North (AT-N) – 2011 Only
Location: North of Ardrey east entrance, bordered by Knoles Drive
Size: 1,195 sq. ft.

Ardrey Turf Test Plot South (AT-S) – 2011 Only
Location: South of Ardrey east entrance, bordered by Knoles Drive
Size: 2,872 sq. ft.

Ardrey Turf ControlPlot (AC) – 2011 Only
Location: North of Ardrey Turf Test Plot North, bordered by Knoles Drive
Size: 3,399 sq. ft.

Rock Mulch Plots

Clifford White Theatre Rock Mulch Test Site North(RCT-N)
Location: North border of walkway to Clifford White Theatre entrance off of Knoles Drive
Size: 1,568 sq. ft.

Site has a dual-layer weed barrier consisting of a top layer of permeable woven plastic and a bottom layer of impermeable plastic sheeting.

Clifford White Theatre Rock Mulch Test Site South(RCT-S) - 2011 Only
Location: South border of walkway to Clifford White Theatre entrance off of Knoles Drive
Size: 487 sq. ft.

Site has a dual-layer weed barrier consisting of a top layer of permeable woven plastic and a bottom layer of impermeable plastic sheeting.

Union Rock Mulch Test Site North(RUT-N)
Location: North of Union building (Knoles Drive side), along wall
Size: 571 sq. ft.

Site has a dual-layer weed barrier consisting of a top layer of permeable woven plastic and a bottom layer of impermeable plastic sheeting.

Union Rock Mulch Test Site South(RUT-S)
Location: South of Union building (Knoles Drive side), along wall
Size: 1,612 sq. ft.

Site has no weed barrier.

SBS Rock Mulch Control Site (RSC) - 2011 Only
Location: East of SBS/Castro building, south of walkway to entrance
Size: 2,313 sq. ft.

Site has a single-layer weed barrier (permeable woven plastic).

Test Site Results - 2012

Eastburn

Knoles

Annual Reports

2011 Project Report

2012 Project Report