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Preventative Maintenance – Grounds Services

Crucial to the successful education of our students is a healthy learning environment that includes structurally safe facilities and grounds that satisfactorily comply with environmental standards and conditions.   Schools that maintain a clean and orderly environment experience the many benefits that come from pride and ownership among students, faculty and the support of the community.

Preventive Maintenance is a high priority service in our approach to comprehensive maintenance programs.  PM is an effective method of avoiding potential failure of facilities equipment and systems.  Through an inventory and scheduling system, work crews are assigned to perform inspections, adjustments, cleaning and routine service on virtually all facility related major equipment, systems and landscaping.

The goal of preventive maintenance, as a component of a facilities maintenance system, is to maximize the useful life of all building and grounds systems.  The requirement for preventive maintenance versus breakdown maintenance was recognized by the Facilities Department many years ago.  In 1980, the department took a positive step in setting up a program that would benefit all Facilities staff.  Working hours were rescheduled so work could be completed in classrooms without interrupting instruction.  Several members of the Facilities crew begin work at 5:00 a.m. on the Monday through Friday shift.

Preventive maintenance is scheduled in two campus ground areas a week; this schedule allows the staff to completely check every area at least twice per year. 

Campus employees are encouraged to report any deficiencies as they occur.

Requests for emergency services will be received at the Facilities Office during normal working hours (7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday) by calling extension 2629.  After these hours and on weekends as well as holidays, please contact Campus Police at extension 2289 or 760/891-7273. Requests for routine services will be received at the Facilities Office during normal working hours by calling extension 2629 or via email Facilities Remedy.

Below is a list of the tasks Grounds Services performs pertaining to the Preventative Maintenance Schedule below:

  • Aerate lawns
  • Automate manual irrigation systems
  • Check and repair all sidewalk hazards
  • Check and set irrigation clocks for proper times
  • Clean out and check all storm drains
  • Edge all sidewalks
  • Fertilize all lawns and planter areas
  • Fill, level, and reseed damaged lawn areas
  • Mow all lawn areas
  • Mulch areas to prevent new weed growth
  • Perform irrigation system checks
  • Prune tree limbs that may be considered a safety hazard
  • Remove obstructions to correct irrigation flow
  • Repair broken irrigation lines
  • Trap and relocate any ground squirrels
  • Trap and remove any gophers
  • Trim all hedges
  • Trim tree limbs away from painted surfaces on buildings
  • Trim grass and weeds away from benches, trees, etc.
  • Weed all planter boxes and remove trash including cigarette butts

Priorities:

  1. Safety hazards
  2. Lawn/plant survival repairs
  3. Aesthetics

Football Field Maintenance Schedule

 

Football Field Maintenance Schedule January-June

 JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune
Week 1Fertilize field & turf farmRope off field for mainteance. begin mowing field short @ 3/4-1", to level out and sweep. Cut out damaged sections, level field with top soil as needed
Week 2Stop mowing field @ 3/4-1"
begin mowing @ 1 1/2" to ensure
better tolerance of use
Remove rope for field useInstall new turf, move salvageable sections of old turf to turf farm area for use in the fall
Week 3Sport spray for weeds as needed and lay pre-emergentSpot spray for weeds as neededOrder new top soil as neededRemove rope for Graduation day. Reinstall the following day
Week 4Fertilize turf under "Breathable Turf Cover" if neededRemove turf coversCheck blades on mower and address as neededFertilize field and turf farm
Watering RoutineWeather dependent, water daily if neededWeather dependent, water daily if neededLight watering begins. Late Tuesdays & Thursdays. Heavy on Saturdays. Weather dependent.Light watering begins. Late Tuesdays & Thursdays. Heavy on Saturdays. Weather dependent.Water daily, turn off water Wednesday before Graduation and begin again the following day.Water daily.
Mow ScheduleMow at least once a week and sweep as needed.Mow at least once a week and sweep as needed.Mow at least once a week and sweep as needed.Mow at least once a week and sweep as needed.Begin mowing at least twice a week and sweep as needed.Begin mowing at least twice a week and sweep as needed

Football Field Maintenance Schedule July-December

 JulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Week 1Order new turfRemove rope for field useFertilize turf and turf farmRope off field for maintenance. Begin mowing field short @ 3/4 -1" and sweep to level out
Week 2 Stop mowing field at 3/4-1", begin mowing @ 1 1/2" to ensure better tolerance of useFertilize field and turf farmCut out damaged sections, level field with top soil as needed
Week 3Pre turf farm area for new turf as needed and installInstall new turf, move salvageable sections of turf farm area. Cover replaced areas with "Breathable Turf Cover" for optimal growth on turf farm and field.
Week 4Check blades on mower and address as neededAerate if neededCheck blades on mower and address as needed
Watering RoutineWater daily.Light watering begins. Late Tuesdays & Thursdays. Heavy on Saturdays. Weather dependentLight watering begins. Late Tuesdays & Thursdays. Heavy on Saturdays. Weather dependentLight watering begins. Late Tuesdays & Thursdays. Heavy on Saturdays. Weather dependentLight watering begins. Late Tuesdays & Thursdays. Heavy on Saturdays. Weather dependentWeather dependent, water daily if needed
Mow ScheduleBegin mowing at least twice a week and sweep as needed.Begin mowing at least twice a week and sweep as needed.Begin mowing at least twice a week and sweep as needed.Begin mowing at least twice a week and sweep as needed.Begin mowing at least twice a week and sweep as needed.Mow at least once a week and sweep as needed.