Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s Landscape Management section maintains all of the city’s landscaping and grass mowing. In addition to the tasks below, these crews also assist with storm clean up, special events and snow removal.
The three-person Central City crew is responsible for maintaining the downtown parks, plazas and green spaces around municipally-owned buildings. They’re responsible for weeding, watering, pruning, mulching, mowing, edging, trimming, fertilizing and over-seeding turf and gardens. They also remove trash and debris, keep Mutt-Mitt stations filled, plant flowers, renovate landscapes and hang beautiful flower baskets to keep downtown Roanoke vibrant, clean and beautiful.
This six-person crew mows and trims the grass in all of Roanoke’s parks and 63 city-owned properties. What does a typical day look like for them? When they get to a site, they start by picking up all trash and debris. Then they mow, blow and clean before moving to the next site. In the fall, they mulch leaves. In between mowing and mulching, the Turf Maintenance team also removes suckers and hazardous low-hanging limbs, cleans fence lines, cleans steep hillsides and mows bench cuts along Roanoke River.
The three-person Landscape Maintenance crew maintains over 100 parks and green spaces throughout Roanoke, including specialty areas, such as a Fishburn Mansion garden. Their tasks are similar to the Central Crew. They beautify the city’s green spaces by creating and renovating landscapes that add pops of color using annuals, perennials and ornamental grasses.