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Low Mow Zones (Ongoing)

Recent Project Updates

  • 6/14/2021

    As a part of the terms of the funding agreement for Meadow at Orchard Downs Low Mow Zones, the Student Sustainability Committee released a semesterly report with key information about the project on June 14, 2021.

  • 5/17/2018

    Grounds will be mowing the low mow zones throughout Orchard Downs and Vet Med tomorrow into early next week.  This is necessary to control the noxious weeds and tree sapl

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Facilities & Services established “Low Mow Zones” in 2010 to support sustainability, increase pollinator support, and decrease maintenance costs.  Due to the continuous presence of invasive species and undesirable tree saplings, all campus areas need to be mowed occasionally to help further balance and maintain the environment. 

Cutting low mow zones intermittently lessens the seed production from weeds and non-native plants, decreasing the seed bank for next year.  This process is essential to preserve the high-quality native perennials and minimize invasive weeds such as Canada Thistle, Queen Anne ’s Lace, Teasel, Ragweed, etc., as well as woody tree species.

By reducing mowing frequency, the university is efficiently stewarding resources and reestablishing dynamic landscapes on campus for the benefit of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

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Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Ryan Welch

    Project Leader:

    Ryan Welch

    Team Members:

    • Brent Lewis


  • Proposed March 1, 2010
    Proposed by Ryan Welch
    Approved May 1, 2010
    Approved by Jack Dempsey
    Started May 15, 2010
    Started by Ryan Welch