Preservation Maintenance: Turf Management

Park Cultural Landscapes Program

Updated Cultural Landscapes

Preservation Maintenance of Turf Using Resource Sensitive Techniques

What does a landscape maintenance worker’s job include?

At historic sites, a maintenance worker’s primary responsibility is to protect cultural resources.

This might not be the first answer most maintenance personnel would give to this question, however, it is the single most important part of their job. Protecting cultural resources can take the form of maintaining agricultural fields as they historically appeared, carefully trimming vegetation around historic buildings and structures to not damage the materials, or applying mulch to protect exposed roots of historic trees. Landscape maintenance workers are also responsible for making the site safe and attractive for visitors.

What You’ll Find

This video will answer the following questions:

  • Why are historic sites maintained differently than other places?
  • What are some of the effects of poor mowing and string trimming practices?
  • What maintenance practices are appropriate at historic sites?

The video also provides an overview and examples of the two broad categories of landscape features at historic sites: built features and vegetation.

Watch the Video

About this Video

The video was produced by the NPS National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in cooperation with Cane River Creole National Historical Park.

Can’t find what you need?  Contact the Park Cultural Landscapes Program via email or the program lead in your region.

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