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Fall Planting - Trees and Shrubs
9/30/2010 | Sheryl McGlochlin

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Fall is the best time of year to plant almost anything.
It gives the plants a chance to take root in cooler weather before they really start growing the following spring.

1. What do I need to know before I go to the nursery to buy my plant?

   1. What you want the plant to do
         1. Shade
         2. Seasonal Color
         3. Screen
         4. Low Maintenance

   2. How big is the area you want it to fill
         1. Height (look up)
         2. Width (look for sidewalks, driveways, etc)
         3. Long term growth

   3. How much money are you willing to spend

2. What do I look for when purchasing a tree or shrub?

   1. Health of the foliage
         1. No insects
         2. No disease
         3. No broken wood, etc

   2. Health of the roots
         1. No rot (smell the roots)
         2. No Major Girdling roots
         3. No trunk damage

   3. Different Sizes
         1. Smaller may establish faster, but not always
         2. Container vs. Ball and Burlap (B and B)

3. What are some tricks to planting the tree or shrub to give it the best chance for survival.

   1. Remember, this plant is a long term investment, do a good job!
   2. Dig the hole three times as wide as the container (roots grow out, not down)
   3. Remove as much packing material as possible while disturbing the roots as little as possible
   4. Water deep

To learn more about planting tips, the Utah State University Extension Forestry Department has prepared a great article. You can access through this link: <a href=""></a>

The USU Extension Office is offering flower arranging classes. You must register in advance. You can do so by contacting the office nearest you.
Come participate in the FLORAL ARRANGING CLASS at the Ogden Botanical Gardens or
Wetland's Discovery Point.  

Just in time for holiday decorating, come learn how to bring beauty into your home throughout the year by designing your own floral arrangements. Participants will take home their own attractive creation, valued at more than the actual cost of the class, and also gain a knowledge and understanding of selecting, designing, and using a wide variety of plant materials.

Class requires pre-registration/pre-payment: $25/member, $30/non-member*

WHERE:   Weber County
Ogden Botanical Gardens
1750 Monroe Blvd, Ogden  Davis County
Wetland Discovery Point
676 South 50 West, Kaysville
WHEN:   Thursday, October 1, 2009   Thursday, October 8, 2009
TIME:  6:30-8:30 p.m.  6:30-8:30 p.m.
REGISTER:  Call 801-399-8201  Call 801-451-3403
DEADLINE:  Tuesday  September 29, 2009  Monday, October 5, 2009

Jerry L. Goodspeed
Utah State University Extension
Weber County
Director - Ogden Botanical Gardens
(801) 399-8201