A well-maintained property doesn’t only mean having clean facilities and working building systems. The space outside of the building itself has to also be subjected to regular maintenance.
This is where grounds maintenance comes into play to ensure the property surrounding the facilities is functional and leaves a good first impression.
If you continue reading this article, you will learn:
what does ground maintenance covers
which organizations need it the most
what is the core of a grounds maintenance team
and where to find grounds maintenance services
What does grounds maintenance cover?
There are many types of outdoor spaces. As such, grounds maintenance covers a wide variety of different services which includes a lot of seasonal work and has 3 main purposes:
create a pleasant outdoor environment
ensure a functional outdoor environment
preserve property value
Here is an extensive list of tasks that are performed as a part of ground maintenance:
lawn maintenance (grass cutting, scarifying, edging…)
hedge cutting and maintenance
tree works (tree planting, felling, surgery…)
pruning, weeding, and cultivation of shrub beds
gardening and pest control
irrigation system maintenance and repair
snow clearance and grit application
cleansing of open spaces (picking up litter, emptying bins, etc.)
maintenance of hard surfaces (like basketball and tennis courts)
Northampton /nɔːrˈθæmptən/ (About this soundlisten) is a large market town and the county town of Northamptonshire in the East Midlands of England. It lies on the River Nene, 60 miles (97 km) north-west of London and 50 miles (80 km) south-east of Birmingham. One of the largest towns (as opposed to cities) in England, it had a population of 212,100 at the 2011 census (223,000 est. 2019).
Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates to the Bronze Age, Romans and Anglo-Saxons. In the Middle Ages, the town rose to national significance with the establishment of Northampton Castle, an occasional royal residence which regularly hosted the Parliament of England. Medieval Northampton had many churches, monasteries and the University of Northampton, all enclosed by the town walls. It was granted a town charter by Richard I in 1189 and a mayor was appointed by King John in 1215. The town was also the site of two medieval battles, in 1264 and 1460.
Northampton supported the Parliamentary Roundheads in the English Civil War, and Charles II ordered the destruction of the town walls and most of the castle. The Great Fire of Northampton in 1675 destroyed much of the town. It was soon rebuilt and grew rapidly with the industrial development of the 18th century. Northampton continued to grow with the arrival of the Grand Union Canal and the railways in the 19th century, becoming a centre for footwear and leather manufacture.
Northampton's growth was limited until it was designated as a New Town in 1968, accelerating development in the town. It unsuccessfully applied for city status in 2000.