The Albion College Grounds Department has again met the requirements to be a Certified Environmental Steward, Committed to Compliance and Protection of Michigan’s Nature Resources. The original certification, beginning in 2010, was the first of its kind in Michigan. Albion College has the distinction of being the 1st college or university in Michigan to . . . → Read More: Certified Environmental Steward, again!
Robert Gutner has been on staff for a couple weeks and to say he is getting into his job is an understatement. Remember how much fun it was to climb a tree as a kid? Robert gets to play in trees all day, among other grounds keeping tasks.
Mr. Gutner brings vast horticultural experience . . . → Read More: Welcome Robert Gutner to the AC Grounds Department
Austin Rodgers, 11′, should be a familiar face around campus. It was not long ago, he was in the trenches for the Albion College football team. Austin , a two-time all-MIAA performer on the defensive line, returns to campus to join the Grounds team.
Mr. Rodgers grew up running a successful lawn service company . . . → Read More: Welcome Austin Rodgers to the AC Grounds Department
Country Club Turf, Inc., will be on campus the next few days to control a weed population explosion. The drought of 2012 gave the weeds a 2.5 month window to grow and out compete the desired grass, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass or fescue. The best defense for weed control is a thick canopy of grass . . . → Read More: Weed Control on Campus, August 21-22
Something in the landscape of Albion College is changing and it is not caused by the summer drought. The ever present blue and gold facilities service vehicles have blended or not blended, depending on your tastes, into the background of the buildings, loading docks, sidewalks, and parking lots for many years. Recently, smart decisions have . . . → Read More: Facilities Service Vehicle Fleet Up-trade
The story behind the ice rink.
When you mix Campus Safety staff and Grounds staff together, what happens? We build an ice rink!
It did come with some “aha” moments. For example, it is hard to eye-ball the levelness of the ground but the water will let you know your low swales and high ridges. . . . → Read More: Falahee tops off the new addition to the Quad
After 4 hours of shoveling and applying ice melter, I found myself at the new entrance of the Stockwell Library at sunrise. I am not sure what was most beautiful, the sunrise or the dry pavement?
It was a concerted effort from the Albion College Electricians, Grounds and Bon Appetite to keep 1528 fluorescent bulbs out of our land fills. The fragile load was delicately delivered to Cleanlites in Mason, Michigan.
According to http://www.usalamp.com/Lamps.html
“Did you know that throwing away one fluorescent light bulb could pollute up to 6,000 gallons of . . . → Read More: Electricians, Grounds and Bon Apetite divert 1528 fluorescent lamps
All the lawn care commercials during the March Madness NCAA Tournament would make you think March is the best time to start treating your lawn for crabgrass. Unfornuately, mother nature is less predictable than the March commercials. That is why it is best to understand growing degree days or just go to a website that . . . → Read More: Growing Degree Days indicate optimum timing for crabgrass preventative application
The Grounds Department imported Florida Pine Straw to use around campus in the landscape beds. Small scale experiments have been in place to evaluate mulch around campus, the past three years. Some of the products used were cherry pits, rubber mulch, ground pallet mulch, hardwood mulch, conifer mulch and pine straw. Pine straw proved . . . → Read More: Pine straw mulch starting to cover campus