• Greatly reduced number of pickup trucks owned in favor of golf carts
  • Plant selection for turf, shrubs, and trees is targeted for drought tolerance (i.e. Strip median plantings on Spring Garden St. have required no irrigation since established)
  • Correct pruning for healthiest plants is done as part of Integrated Pest Management (i.e. Large trees are pruned to reduce damage from wind and ice)
  • Trees that are taken down are given away as firewood
  • Tree tops are chipped into mulch, some of which is kept for use at UNCG
  • Irrigation systems use “rain-stop” devices to prevent watering in the rain
  • Newer installations provide more efficient underground and drip irrigation
  • Organic or slow-release fertilizers used for less frequent applications, decreasing labor and fuel costs (i.e. Milorganite, which is made from treated sewer sludge)
  • Fuel-efficient, biodiesel mulching mowers are chosen for purchase because mulched grass clippings that remain on turf reduce the need for fertilizers and irrigation
  • All other equipment purchased is the most fuel-efficient such as biodiesel tractors and the newest leaf blowers, which are up to 80% more efficient than old models and some use gasohol
  • Peabody Park has been in the process of “going natural” for years with volunteers periodically removing English Ivy and other invasive plants
  • UNCG stopped the harmful mowing of stream banks long ago, before the city
  • Experiments in wildflower seeding are under way
  • Some of the annual leaf fall is composted