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, and numerous student events.
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.
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 Facilities@austin.utexas.edu.
- 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 Administration
Manager, Landscape Services
Jim has spent all of his professional career in the forestry and landscape professions, and has been with UT since 2011. He was promoted to manager of Landscape Services in 2017 after serving as assistant manager, where he oversaw the Urban Forestry team and the Tree Campus USA program as well as the landscape maintenance team at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus and West Pickle Campus. Prior to joining UT, he served as an urban forester for the Texas A&M Forest Service and as an arborist with the City of Round Rock. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forest management from Colorado State University and is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist and municipal specialist. He is also a Texas licensed Irrigator and a licensed pesticide applicator. He is a past president of the ISA Texas Chapter and a member of the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS).
Administrative Associate, Landscape and Integrated Building Services
Allison has 15 years of administrative experience at UT. She began her career as a billing specialist for University Health Services (UHS). In 2013, she became an administrative assistant for Business and Financial Services (BFS) and was later promoted to training services coordinator, serving BFS, Facilities Services (FS) and Project Management and Construction Services (PMCS). In 2015, she joined Landscape and Integrated Building Services (LIBS) as the administrative associate for Landscape Services. Allison earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Edward’s University.
Supervisor, Pest Control
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
Mart has 30 years of experience in providing pest control services. Prior to joining UT, he started an integrated pest management program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a heavy emphasis on reduced pesticide usage. Before that, he provided vector control for military operations in Afghanistan and supported Operation Enduring Freedom in Turkey until 2012. He has held a certified applicator license since 1995. He is also an associate certified entomologist (ACE) through the Entomological Society of America.