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.
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Low Mow Zones (Ongoing)
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
Increase Pollinator-Friendly Areas
- Burrill/ Morrill Walkway
- Chi Omega native plants
- Davenport Hall Carbon Garden
- LAR Native Plants
- Low Mow Zones
- Meadow at Orchard Downs
- Native Plants at Arboretum
- Orchard Downs Multifunctional Landscape (ODMFL)
- Plantings at Dorner Drive Retention Pond
- Prairie Restoration at Florida & Orchard
- Small Prairie at Natural Resources Building
- The Illinois Path
- Uni High Butterfly Garden
- Vet Med Prairies
- Woodland Plants at NRB
- Campus Honors House
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.
Project Leader:Ryan Welch
- Brent Lewis
Proposed March 1, 2010Proposed by Ryan WelchApproved May 1, 2010Approved by Jack DempseyStarted May 15, 2010Started by Ryan Welch