Jerry Goodspeed, the Director of the Ogden Botanical Gardens walks us through the three main areas to ask questions before you start digging.
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
2. Seasonal Color
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:
The USU Extension Office is offering flower arranging classes. You must register in advance. You can do so by contacting the office nearest you.
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*
Monroe Blvd, Ogden
South 50 West, Kaysville
October 1, 2009
October 8, 2009
September 29, 2009
October 5, 2009
Jerry L. Goodspeed
Utah State University Extension
Director – Ogden Botanical Gardens