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Welcome to Grounds Services

The Mission of the Stanford University Grounds Services Department is to provide a beautiful and safe outdoor experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Grounds Services

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Our teams take pride in themselves for being the in-house service of choice since the University began. We provide a stewardship role in the proper care of all outdoor facilities. We are prompt, efficient, and professional in appearance and duties. We "tailor make" our services and are immediately responsive to our diverse clientele.

Area Management

The Academic Area Management crew provides two main categories of services, clean-up maintenance and shrub pruning, to the core academic areas of the campus as well as the specialty areas of campus and residential leaseholders' common areas. Our full list of services involve:

  • Shrub pruning
  • Fertilizing
  • Annual planting
  • Hedge renovations
  • Weeding
  • Sweeping and leaf blowing
  • Event clean-up

Horticulture Services

Horticulture Services provides services to campus departments, including services to project managers, University Architect and Campus Planning, and Maps & Records. These services involve:

  • Tree inventories, assessments and inspections
  • Arborists’ services
  • Horticultural consultations


The Landscape Construction and Irrigation Crew provide a variety of services to project managers, the University Architect and Campus Planning, and District Management. These services involve:

  • Installing new landscapes
  • Renovating existing landscapes
  • Irrigation system inspections
  • Repair and renovations of existing irrigation systems
  • Installation of new irrigation systems
  • Irrigation shut-offs for events

Landscape Services

The Landscape Services Crew offers many services to groups throughout the campus including Stanford Transportation, and District Management. These services involve:

  • Concrete work
  • Asphalt work
  • Brick and paver installation
  • Sign installation
  • Bollard installation
  • Trenching
  • Fencing (wood or chain link)

Tree Crew

The Tree Crew serves the campus by providing a variety of tree maintenance services to the Academic campus and common SCRL landscape areas (i.e. parks, greenbelts, and streetside trees). These services involve:

  • Tree pruning
  • Tree removal and stump grinding
  • Tree hazard assessment
  • Shrub and garden tree pruning (Faculty/Staff)

Turf Management

The Equipment Operations, or Mow Crew, services the campus including the Academic areas, Faculty/Staff areas and Specialty Landscape areas by offering the following services:

  • Full lawn maintenance, including mowing, edging, fertilizing, aerating
  • Minor lawn renovation
  • Flail mowing for fire prevention
  • Weed control in spring/summer seasons

Horticulture & Landscape

Visit our Horticulture & Landscape page for more information about the beautiful grounds of the Stanford Campus.

Landscaping Construction Guidelines 

Making changes to your landscape can be a complex process.  Use the following tools and guidelines to ensure you get it right.

Stanford University Facilities Design Guidelines


For urgent assistance, please call our 24/7 dispatch center at 650-723-2281.

For general questions or status on a work order, you can reach us via email at

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