Two bee hives are installed on the front lawn of the Governor's Mansion on the west Capitol Campus. View information regarding the 2017 honey bee hives.
On east campus, DES grounds staff have installed three mason bee houses on the plaza. Mason bees are native to Washington. They do not produce honey but are very efficient in transferring pollen from plant-to-plant.
The Department of Enterprise Services conducted an 'ecolawn' pilot project on parts of the Capitol Campus grounds in 2016.
Enterprise Services conducted the pilot project as part of a broader effort to:
As a result, DES groundskeepers received a 2016 Innovations in State Government award for their use of environmentally-friendly landscape practices on the Capitol Campus from the National Association of State Chief Administrators.
In 2017, Enterprise Services continues to expand the ecolawn program on the East Campus to improve aesthetics and promote continued increases in the variety of bees and other pollinators, including:
On the West Campus, Enterprise Services is taking a more aggressive approach in management of turf and weeds, within available resources. Enterprise Services will continue many of the green practices that worked well and also saved on labor and resources like:
Enterprise Services adopted its approach for 2017 based on:
There are several types of ecolawns but the term generally refers to the use of slow-growing grasses and low perennials. Generally, the species of grasses grown in an ecolawn are different than those used in a conventional lawn. An ecolawn requires less mowing, irrigation, fertilizer and pesticide use compared to a typical lawn. Since an ecolawn is mowed infrequently, or not at all, another benefit is less organic material being sent to a landfill or composting facility.