Project Maintenance Basics

Schoolyard Habitat projects are generally lower maintenance landscapes if they have been designed to be ecologically sound. Most maintenance involves controlling unwanted plants, maintaining structures, removing trash and preserving aesthetics. Adjust the size and scale of your project to the level of maintenance you can handle based on the availability of your team members’ time and the maintenance requirements of the different features of your project. There are essentially two levels of care that every project needs: Short-term maintenance includes watering, mulching, borders, weeding and replanting. Long-term maintenance includes invasive non-native species removal, care of structures and other project features. All maintenance provides an opportunity to engage students in learning more about their natural environment.