The Grounds Shop maintains the aesthetics of 700+ acres of landscaped areas throughout the central campus, Emory Hospital and the Emory auxiliary units located on the perimeter of campus as well as Chappell, Cooper, and McDonough Fields.


Emory University Forest Management Plan: Connectivity For Life

The Emory University community has long recognized that the original, hardwood forest lands of Emory represent irreplaceable value for current and future generations of Emory students, staff and faculty.  Recognizing that all of Emory’s forest areas need a comprehensive management plan, the COE and Campus Services partnered to develop an Emory University Forest Management Plan. The goal is to create, restore, enhance and maintain its forested areas. 

Campus Tree Inventory

For an comprehensive overview of tree species and tree locations on campus, browse the Emory Grounds interactive Emory University Tree Inventory  


Non-Billable Services Include:

Turf Care

Grass is mowed as needed, generally on a weekly basis. Aeration is performed as required but no less than two times per year.  Annual over-seeding of fescue and/or perennial rye grass is applied.  Weed control is practiced when weeds present a visible problem or when weeds represent 5% of the turf surface.


Tree Care

Specimen trees on campus are monitored for structural integrity.  A fertilization program prescribed by an on-site Certified Arborist is followed.  Any dead wood or hazardous limbs are removed when identified.



Adequate fertilizer is applied to ensure all plant materials are healthy and growing vigorously.  Amounts depend on species, length of growing season, soils and rainfall.  Only environmentally approved products are used.


Frequency of use is determined by rainfall amounts, temperature, season and demands of plant material. In an effort to continue to be a leader in environmental initiatives, water is collected from condensate and rain runoff in underground cisterns for use in irrigation.

Litter Control

Campus Services staff walk the campus to pick up litter a minimum of once per day, five days per week. 


Pruning usually is done once per season unless the species dictates more frequent attention.

Disease and Insect Control

Integrated Plant Pest Management (IPM) practices are followed. For details on Emory’s IPM Principles, click here.

Floral Plantings

Seasonal color is maintained year-round with two major plantings each year.


Noise Abatement Guidelines:

Noise Abatement Guidelines contains restrictions intended to better serve campus residents, administrators, students and faculty.

  • Academic/Administration Areas - leaf blowers and other loud equipment should not be used within 150 feet of Academic/Administration buildings between the hours of 8:30am-5:00pm M-F
  • Housing Areas - Leaf blowers, mowers, and other loud equipment should not be used before 9:00am M-F and 11:00am on weekends.

Note: Exterior Services has implemented the use of battery powered leaf blowers greatly reducing the noise decible levels as well as decreasing fuel emissions.

Billable Services Include:

Landscape Enhancements

Special Event Support

Contact the Work Management Center (WMC) for questions or to request services.