|Submission Date||Jan. 30, 2023|
University of South Dakota
OP-9: Landscape Management
|0.81 / 2.00||
Director of Grounds & Landscaping
Total campus area:
Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds:
|Area (double-counting is not allowed)|
|Area managed organically, without the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides||0 Acres|
|Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed||130 Acres|
|Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices||30 Acres|
|Total area of managed grounds||160 Acres|
A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:
These areas include sidewalks, roads, lots, and building footprints.
Percentage of grounds managed organically:
A brief description of the organic landscape management program:
Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
A copy of the IPM plan or program:
A brief description of the IPM program:
We are working with an entomologist at the South Dakota Department of Ag and Natural Resources to release beneficial insects on campus to help control an infestation of Japanese beetles. We also use traps and lures to monitor for other insects such as emerald ash borer and velvet longhorn beetle. Further, we employ a number of cultural practices such as planting disease resistant varieties of plants be it turf, flowers, trees or shrubs.
A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:
A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:
USD uses approximately 5.6 million gallons of water annual for irrigation, from two ground water wells. Use of deep, infrequent watering practices to develop deep root systems in turf and landscape plants.
A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:
Grass clippings and chippings are placed in compost for further use for incoming landscapes.
A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:
infrequent watering practices to develop deep root systems in turf and landscape plants.
A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:
Elimination of 2 stroke engines. Management practices are moving towards electric handheld tools.
Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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