The University of Texas at Austin, Landscape Services branch is a group of devoted landscape professionals striving to create and maintain a safe, sustainable, and beautiful landscape. Our goal is to provide the university with a picturesque, interactive, and natural environment that enhances the learning atmosphere, evokes exceptional first impressions, and conjures lasting memories. We value and understand the significance of “What starts here changes the world."
Landscape Services manages over 500 acres across Main Campus and local satellite facilities. The campus landscape is divided into various zones where maintenance crews use sustainable practices and equipment such as an organic fertilization program, a centrally controlled irrigation system that is constantly monitoring water flow, battery-operated equipment, propane and battery mowers, and top dressing using organic compost. The team also supports various large events each year, for example: Commencement, home football games, Explore UT, and numerous student events.
Dell Medical School
The Dell Medical School (DMS) landscape team manages a diverse site that includes stormwater bioswales (designed to remove debris and pollution out of surface runoff water), green roofs, Waller Creek and wildflower meadows. The DMS landscape team operates an electric fleet of mowers and power equipment and use only organic approaches to soil health, plant health care and weed control. The DMS landscape team also collaborated with DMS to win a SITES Gold Award for sustainable landscape design.
J. J. Pickle Research Campus
The J.J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC) landscape team manages the irrigation and grounds at PRC's main campus and at the West Pickle Research (WPR) property; approximately 365 acres. The PRC landscape team performs a host of activities, from large-area mowing and tree care to various types of landscape construction. They are also integrating the same centrally controlled irrigation system used on Main Campus.
In 2016 the university launched a project to transform sections of Waller Creek that travel through Main Campus. Landscape Services performed an extensive amount of work to remove invasive, non-native plant and tree species and prune overgrown vegetation. These efforts were directed at immediately improving safety and visibility with a long-term goal to make positive habitat improvements in this heavily urbanized riparian ecosystem. Ongoing efforts include vegetation maintenance, invasive species removal, and creek planting events to help build species diversity and reduce erosion. Take a walk and learn about Waller Creek with this tour created by UT Sustainability.
Our pest control team provides integrated pest management (IPM) services to the Main Campus, J.J. Pickle Research Campus and various satellite facilities. Landscape Services strives to follow IPM protocol, which is using the least-toxic means of treating for pests.
Our staff are licensed by the Texas Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Board and are trained to deal with insect pests and rodents on campus. To request services, please call the Facilities Service Center at 512-471-2020 or by email.
- For more details, see the Integrated Pest Management Structural Plan (PDF)
If you find a live bat inside a campus building or on the grounds, please call Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at 512-471-2287.
For more information on who to call for animal concerns, please visit EHS's Animal Make Safe Program webpage.
Landscape Services has a team dedicated to designing and installing new landscapes on campus, as well as operating two greenhouses that support our branch's efforts. Let us show you a few projects we've done on campus.
Landscape Services has a team dedicated to managing the campus urban forest. Maintaining this important resource adds value to the campus and the City, far beyond what the eye can see. Let us show you what this team does.
Part of our responsibility as caretakers of the campus landscape and grounds is to be good stewards of these resources. Take a look at what we've done to improve and create habitats using different native plants on campus.
Water is likely the most precious resource on the planet. We take that seriously at UT. See what our irrigation program has done and where we are going.
The Landscape Services Management Team is responsible for overseeing and planning the future of our campus landscape's sustainability.