The Grounds department is responsible for the maintenance of all grounds owned by Wright State University (including Duke Ellis Institute and Kettering Center).
- Turf maintenance
- Tree and shrub maintenance
- Planting of annual accent areas
- Road, parking lot, and walkway maintenance
- Athletic field maintenance and setup
- Irrigation system maintenance
- Snow removal
- Litter pickup
- Exterior trash can service
Visit the Department of Engineering and Construction's Dig Permit FAQs page to learn more.
The Wright State Grounds department will supply grills, trash cans, barricades, barricade tape, cones, cable ramps, and trash can liners for special events taking place on campus. You need to fill out a request form and follow the directions on the form.
This form may be picked up at the Student Union & Event Services office in the Student Union or the Residence Services office in the Community Building.
Please fill in all the required information on the form and then get signature approval for your event from the appropriate office. The completed and signed form must then be delivered to the Physical Plant Customer Service Center for scheduled delivery through the Grounds department.
In order to guarantee delivery at the time of your scheduled event, the Physical Plant Customer Service Center must receive your request at least 3 WORK DAYS prior to your event.
Want to avoid those starting hassles with your powered lawn and garden equipment? At the end of the season, run the engine until it quits so that all the fuel is out of the system. This is especially important with fuel/oil mixes. Drain the oil and add new oil. Remove and clean or change the air filter. These tasks require only the most basic tools and will save BIG headaches next time you pull that starter rope.
What is the most important maintenance practice for good turf? Keep your mower blades sharp!
Spring and Summer
Always follow the 1/3 rule: for the health of the turf, never cut off more than 1/3 of the leaf blade of the grass plant.
Sharp mower blades are your most important maintenance practice. We sharpen mower blades after about every 8 hours of use.
Mow high! Most of our region's turf is a mixture of bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescues. In general, most of these grasses thrive best when they are mowed at 2.5–3.5 inches. Longer, thicker turf also helps the grass plants shade out weeds and preserves soil moisture.
Do you want early spring color in your flower garden? Fall is the time to plant many spring blooming bulbs such as: daffodils, tulips, crocuses, iris, etc. These require a variety of planting depths so be sure to pay attention to the instructions on the package. It is also important to put in some fertilizer when the bulbs are planted. You will see greatly enhanced results.
Hint: Most falls you can take advantage of the late season, "buy one get one free" specials and still have time to plant your bulbs.
Now is the time to get your snow thrower ready to go. Put in fresh fuel and start and run the machine for about 15 minutes, so you know it will start the first time the snow flies.
During times of snowfall it is actually helpful in most instances to put snow on top of your beds or over wintering plants. The snow helps insulate the plants and the ground. Make sure there is no ice melt or chemicals in the snow that might impact the soil or harm plants.
Wright State recognizes the desire of groups or individuals to donate a tree in memory of a colleague, friend, or student. These donations are a welcome addition to the campus landscape.
To initiate the process, please complete the Memorial Tree Form (PDF) and fax to (937) 775-2980 or deliver it to the Grounds Maintenance department at 153 Campus Services Building. The Grounds department has final approval on location and tree variety, based on the campus landscape guidelines.
The cost to purchase, plant, and care for the tree and to purchase and install the (campus standard) plaque will vary according to the tree variety and the size and wording of the plaque. Total cost is usually in the range of $500–$1,000. It is the responsibility of the donor(s) to collect the money and transfer it to the proper accounts to cover costs.
Snow Removal Policy
Snow Removal at the Dayton Campus
It is the intention of the Grounds department to keep roads, lots, and walkways as safe as possible during periods of inclement weather. Success in meeting this goal is based on duration and type of storm. The department will utilize overtime (sometimes around the clock) and other resources within Physical Plant in working toward meeting this goal.
Our priorities during a snow event are as follows:
- Roads plowed and treated to allow access of life safety personnel and equipment if needed
- Parking lots plowed and treated to allow vehicle parking with emphasis on handicap parking areas in each lot
- Grounds clears a path on each walkway to allow access from parking lots and between housing and buildings on campus.
The Grounds department employs 16 full-time staff members and receives support from Physical Plant and others in the Wright State community during a snow event. The department has 10 trucks equipped with plows and salt spreaders. The department utilizes five brush units to clear snow from walkways. Numerous other snow throwers, spreaders, and other equipment are available. The university has the capacity to store about 500 tons of road salt, and usually keeps several tons of ice melt in stock for use on walkways and doorways.