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Grounds maintenance activities that commonly take place at federal facilities include: landscaping, leaf and brush removal, pesticide and fertilizer application, lawn trimming and lawn mowing maintenance, composting, snow removal and debris cleanup.

Focus Areas

Agricultural Pesticides
The application of pesticides on any plant, or part thereof, or animal, or animal product, produced by a person (including farmers, ranchers, vineyardists, plant propogators, Christmas tree growers, aquaculturalists, floriculturalists, orchardists, foresters, or other comparable persons) primarily for sale, consumption, propagation, or other use by man or animals.

Erosion Control
The protection of land so that is is not being stripped of vegetation or managed such that the soil is disseminated into waterways through storm sewers or direct discharge into streams.

The physical modification or ornamentation of the exterior environment to serve the needs of people is the broad definition of landscaping. This includes planting, altering the contours of the ground, and building structures and amenities such as pedestrian ways, paths and picnic areas.

Pesticide Applicators
Requirements for individuals applying pesticides, fungicides, rodenticides, and herbicides whether an employee or a contractor.

Pesticide Disposal
How to get rid of excess or unused pesticides, fungicides, rodenticides, and herbicides.

Pesticide Mixing and Storage
How to store pesticides, fungicides, rodenticides, and herbicides so that they do not adversely affect the environment.

Plant Waste
The grass clippings, tree branches, weeds etc generated by landscape maintenance.

This includes stormwater runoff, snow melt runoff, and surface runoff and drainage over the surface of the facility whether the surface be dirt, asphalt, concrete, wood, etc.

Wildlife Management
The management of plant and animal wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, invasive species, hunting and fishing.

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Last Updated: June 28, 2017