grounds management

Your grounds and landscaping are the first thing your community sees. Investing in visually appealing surroundings gives the right impression to your students, their families, and educational staff. 

We understand this. Our team of experienced grounds professionals will create a customized full-service program to ensure your expectations are met or exceeded. 

To make this happen, we employ state-of-the-art equipment and an environmentally friendly, sustainable approach to help ensure minimal impact to your surrounding ecosystem. 

From grounds managers to arborists to sports turf specialists, we have the experience to deliver your desired outcomes.

our grounds management services include:

  • Landscape design and maintenance programs
  • Coordinated facility beautification programs
  • Turf and athletic field management
  • Irrigation system management
  • Inclement weather action plans and equipment
  • Scheduled mowing programs
  • Ornamental plant maintenance
  • Sustainable grounds management programs
  • Grounds and parking lot monitoring
  • Pest management
  • Weed abatement
  • Tree cultivation and management


Creating a safe and healthy environment extends beyond the walls of every educational facility.

An environmentally sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, safe grounds management program is required if we are to be responsible stewards of our planet. We fully support each partner institution’s efforts to address global climate disruption, and believe it is our responsibility to employ tools and systems that minimize negative impact on our surroundings.

Our approach to sustainable grounds management includes:

  • Water-efficient turf management
  • Fuel efficiency and reduced emissions
  • Environmentally friendly de-icers and ice melts
  • Sustainable and diverse plant selection
  • Integrated pest management
  • Rainwater reclamation
  • Yard waste composting

safety & training

Our grounds team members participate in ongoing formal training, so they’re continuously improving their performance on your campus.

These professional enhancements take place both online and on campus. You’ll receive regular updates on the training your HES team completes as part of our twice-yearly review process.

Past training topics include:

  • Applicable environmental and safety regulations, and LEED requirements
  • Turf management
  • Synthetic surfaces management
  • Arboriculture
  • Applied ecology
  • Safe application of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides
  • Technical skills for building trades
  • Journeyman and Master licensing, where appropriate
  • Campus-specific social distancing

Of course, all HES team members receive extensive training and ongoing skill assessments in their areas of expertise.

Let’s talk

how can we help you build a better educational experience?

9202 S Northshore Drive

Knoxville, TN 37922

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