Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Groundskeepers Work to Make Campus Beautiful

KINGSVILLE - July 02, 2010

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4979

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Twelve groundskeepers set to earn Master Gardner certification

Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by the lush, lavish beauty of nature?

Beautiful flower beds, sensible xeriscaping, neatly trimmed trees and freshly mowed lawns are just a few of the ways Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s team of 21 groundskeepers are working to beautify the campus.

Under the direction of grounds superintendent Jose Garcia, groundskeepers are aiming to create a campus environment that is appealing to both the university community and potential future Javelinas.

According to Garcia, there is a definite link between the appearance of a campus and student enrollment. It is simple, he said—students and their parents want to see a welcoming, vibrant campus and that includes trees, grass and landscaping. As a result, Garcia and his team are concentrating on enhancing landscaping, sod and irrigation efforts in high-traffic areas, including University Boulevard.

As part of the effort to beautify campus, 12 members of the groundskeeping crew are participating in a three-month educational program through the Kleberg-Kenedy Texas AgriLife Extension Service that will teach them everything from basic lawn care to concepts in landscape design, athletic field management and tree trimming and pruning.

The program brings highly qualified experts to hold 3-4 hour-long seminars on campus. At the end of the training in August the 12 groundskeepers participating in the program will earn their Master Gardener certification.

‘This is teaching them how to perform their job function,” Garcia said. “A Master Gardener understands all concepts of vegetation, how to treat plants, identify insects, care for plants, trees, etc.”

Garcia said the groundskeeping crew is excited at the opportunity to better hone the skills that will in turn help keep A&M-Kingsville beautiful.

“I’m very proud of the job the men have done,” Garcia said. 


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