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Landscape Management

The University of Texas at Austin Landscape Services branch manages a diverse 900 acres across Main Campus, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, and satellite facilities. Landscape Services uses sustainable practices and equipment such as an organic fertilization program, a central irrigation system that is constantly monitoring water flow, propane mowers, and top dressing using organic compost.

landscape services zone mapClick on the map to get an enlarged version of this graphic.

Pest Control

Pest Control provides integrated pest management services for university facilities. Our pest control technicians are licensed by the Texas Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Service and are trained in dealing with insect pests such as roaches, spiders, silverfish, scorpions, ants, flies, fleas, crickets, and termites, as well as rodents and dead animals.

What should you do if you find a bat on campus?

Little Brown BatAustin is known for its bats. However, bats (whether dead or alive) are considered a high-rabies-risk species and should never be touched. If you encounter one call the Facilities Service Center at 512-471-2020.

Keeping all campus building windows and doors shut, especially in the evening, will help keep bats and other animals from getting into buildings. Visit the university Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) bats and rabies page for more information.

For further information on who to contact for pest or wildlife concerns, please refer to the Facilities Services list of services (UT EID Required) or visit the EHS Animal Make Safe page.

Urban Forestry: Tree Planting and Maintenance

Battle Oaks - Survivors of the Civil WarPhoto courtesy of Marsha Miller
Read about the famous Battle Oaks that survived the Civil War and beyond in this short but informative article.

This feature article is part of our: Values at Work Series

Tree Campus USA

Tree Campus USA logoTree Campus USA program selected

For the ninth consecutive year, The University of Texas at Austin has been honored as an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA. We provide landscape and outdoor services that promote the sustainability of our campuses.

Tree Campus USA Group

Texas Arbor Day 2015

We’re proud of the trees that grace our grounds and form a living canopy. They shade us from the Texas sun, remind us of the natural beauty that surrounds us, provide wildlife habitats, and do so much more. That’s why we created a grand celebration for Texas Arbor Day 2015.

View the Texas Arbor Day 2015 flyer (PDF)

We put together a collection of interesting and informative ways to honor our trees and to help our campus community learn more about how our Landscape Services staff and arborists provide ongoing care and conservation of our trees now and in the future.

Events

Arbor Day Ceremony
Friday, November 6, 10-11:30 a.m.
Attendees gathered at the UT Orchard (24th and San Jacinto) as our arborists planted trees to commemorate the day. We also had giveaways, free seedlings, and tree and planting information on hand. See photos from the event.
Tree Campus USA Service Project
Saturday, November 21, 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Participants joined us for our service learning project as we planted around 80 native tree and shrub seedlings at the hillside of Clark Field to benefit wildlife and help combat the spreading of invasive species. See photos from the event.

Memorial Tree Program

Visit our Memorial Tree Program interactive webpage and see where the trees in memoriam are located on campus. Get more details about each tree when you click on its tree icon.

Notable Trees Catalog

See and learn about the most unique, historic, commemorative, or champion trees on our campus with our colorful catalog of the Top 20 Notable Trees (PDF) on campus (Please view in Adobe PDF Readers for the best experience).

The Battle Oaks

Read how the university's Battle Oaks survived the Civil War and destruction in the 1920s, how they got their name, and how we care for these magnificent trees in a short, but informative article.

Desirable Tree Species

To learn about the species preferred on the university campus refer to the Desirable Tree Species List (PDF).

Tree Conservation

The urban forestry section of landscape services manages existing trees on new development projects. More than 50 mature trees have been preserved and transplanted through the years on several projects. To learn about our tree conservation projects visit the Tree Conservation page.

Memorial Tree Program

The University of Texas at Austin welcomes the purchase of trees to provide living tributes to individuals or groups associated with the university. The Memorial Tree Program, administered by the university urban forester and the Landscape Services branch of Facilities Services, facilitates planting of trees by individuals and organizations. To learn about our Memorial Tree Planting see the information flyer (PDF), which includes the application. All trees need to be approved through our urban forester before submitting the application and fee.

View the memorial trees virtually in our interactive map! Locate the trees and see details when you click on the tree icons. We are pleased to provide this online version of our memorial tree program. We hope it makes it easier for the families and university community to share these living tributes.

If you have any questions about this map or any of its contents or for more information about this program, contact Urban Forester Jim Carse by email or at 512-475-7756.

Notable Trees on Campus

Our newly published catalog of the most notable trees on campus is now available online! This publication was developed by our arborists and three of our Landscape Services student employees as part of a work/study project. See photos of the trees, access their GPS links, get species information, related links and more. Use our catalog for a virtual tour or download it for a walking tour on campus. We are pleased to present this publication and hope you find it useful and informative. If you have any questions about any of its content, contact Urban Forester Jim Carse at 512-475-7756 or at his email.

Top 20 Notable Trees (PDF) - Please view in Adobe PDF Readers for the best experience

Root Management

Many trees on campus suffer from root damage due to compacted soils, minimal organic matter, construction disturbance, and excessive backfill. Urban forestry staff members use an air spade to break up soils, remove excessive backfill, expose roots without damaging them to inspect and correct issues, and add organic matter. They finish the process by mulching root zones and installing barriers where possible to protect the roots from further soil compaction.

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Spading middle of process, root ManagementSpading, 50% complete

Spading after, root managementSpading complete

Tree Maintenance

Our field crew includes four International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists and four ISA Certified Tree Workers who care for over 5,000 trees on the Main Campus and surrounding UT System properties. Our tasks include tree removal, pruning, planting, stump grinding, soil remediation, air excavation techniques, fertilization, and watering. For more information on proper tree care, visit the ISA at www.treesaregood.com

Arbor Day 2014 Tree PlantingTree planting for 2014 Arbor Day

Lift truck pruning trees at SACLift truck pruning trees at the Student Activity Center

Persimmon TreePersimmon Tree

Persimmon Tree Close-upPersimmon Tree Close-up

Enjoy freshly picked persimmon from one of our trees at the UT Orchard (24th & San Jacinto) in this recipe for Persimmon Pudding.

Irrigation

The University of Texas at Austin uses a central irrigation system to assist in managing the irrigation usage across campus. Water conservation is a top priority for the irrigation section of Landscape Services. We strive to irrigate using only the amount of water needed to keep plants healthy.

The Main Campus central irrigation system detects breaks in the system and shuts down leaks within minutes, saving over 10 million gallons of water in 2012 with just that one feature. Since the implementation of the central irrigation system and new irrigation practices, irrigation usage on campus on the automated irrigation systems has dropped by 66%, resulting in annual savings of over 100 million gallons.

The university understands the usefulness of the automated irrigation usage data collected, and irrigation staff members have posted the data in the dashboard below for anyone to access. Click on the image to interact with the irrigation data across campus. Rainfall data from 2011 to present are also available from the three rain buckets on the Main campus.

Irrigation Dashboard

(Coming Soon)

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