Maintenance Checklist for School Grounds
- RAISED GARDEN BEDS / FOOD GARDENS
Develop a schedule (if there isn’t one already) for annual or bi-annual soil improvement of your beds. Keep track of your records for future Greening Committee members.
- Soil improvement – do your research to find ORGANIC soil and mulch for your food gardens.
- Use this Soil Calculator for figuring out how much organic soil to order.
- Check the raised beds annually for loose or decaying boards, protruding nails, etc.
The primary purpose of mulch is to prevent weed and grass growth in certain areas.
Does your school ground have areas that need to be mulched?
If so, who is responsible for the various areas (Greening Committee, school, city):
- Food Gardens (be sure you are getting ORGANIC mulch!):
- Perennial Gardens:
Develop a schedule (if there isn’t one already) for annual mulching of your areas. Keep track of your records for future Greening Committee members.
Use this Mulch Calculator to figure out how much mulch to order for your school ground.
Establish a schedule for routine weeding during the Spring, Summer & Fall seasons. Work with teachers so that students can be involved in the Spring and Fall. Weeds can get out of control over the Summer, so figure out what approach works best at your school– families sign-up on weekly schedule or for a section of the school’s gardens, or organize a few work days over the Summer to make it a more social experience.
Invest in a few pairs of work gloves for kids and adults, and a number of kid-sized tools (mainly hand trowels and taller shovels). Ask work day volunteers to label and bring some of their own tools (esp. wheelbarrows, pruners, etc.)
Does your school ground have plants that need to be pruned or replaced on a regular basis?
If so, who is responsible for the pruning and replacing? (Greening Committee, school, city)
Do you have any Master Gardeners or Landscape Professionals in your parent body? Check in with your principal and Community Liaison for this information. Ask these folks to be a part of your work days! Also make a “Plant Wish List” before big work days, where parents and teachers can purchase plants or donate them from their own gardens.
Does your school ground have structures that need to be maintained on an annual basis?
If so, who is responsible for the maintenance? (Greening Committee, Portland Trails, school, city)
- Natural play features (stumps, boulders, etc.):
- Shade structures
Develop a schedule (if there isn’t one already) for annual maintenance of your structures. Keep track of your records for the school and future Greening Committee members.
- Other Considerations
- Trail Maintenance
- Sand play areas
- Problem drainage areas
- GRAFFITI BUSTERS- (Portland) http://www.learningworks.me/programs_graffiti.html