The greenhouses at Perry Wellness Center are centers of brisk activity this time of year, welcoming foot traffic from staff, peer volunteers, and local customers. As plants are grown, displayed, and removed, they leave behind spent leaves, stems, and petals, While the colorful plants attract customers, decaying plant debris brings its own visitors: insects.
PWC founder and CEO Stuart Perry explains, “We have learned that insects can multiply in these decayed leaves. As soon as plants are moved to a cleaner and better display area, debris is pressure washed into piles for safe removal.”
Staff member Bob Ledbetter knows the value of keeping greenhouse floors clean. Using a pressure washer, he cleans the floor of a campus greenhouse.