October 2010
Putting the Beds to Bed

By the time the frost starts covering the lawn at the end of the season, many gardeners, like their lackluster planter beds, are spent.  The extreme heat of summer has drained every ounce of energy from them.  It is all too easy to ignore what waits outside.  But by accomplishing a few simple chores before those first flakes fly, you can ensure healthier and happier plants. 

Many perennials become crowded and may benefit from being divided every 4-5 years.  As a general rule, perennials that bloom in the spring should be dug and divided in the fall.  Perennials that bloom in the fall should be dug and divide in the spring.  Dig perennials 3-4 weeks before the ground freezes. 

Trees with trunks facing south or west are susceptible to winter sun injury.  Protect young tree trunks by wrapping them with white tree wrap available at any local nursery or garden center.  The white wrap helps reflect the sun from the tender trunks.

Late fall (late Oct. - early Nov.) is the best time of year to feed your lawn.  Apply a quick-release nitrogen fertilizer after the last mowing.  Even though the grass doesn't appear to be growing, energy is being shipped down to the root system for storage.  This stored energy will present itself in early greening next spring.
Did you know?
Fall is one of the best times to plant nursery stock.  Cooler weather makes the transition easier for the plants.  It also gives the plants a head start for next spring by producing root growth this season.

For more information on other outdoor activities to prepare for winter see the USU Fact sheet "Winding Down for Winter".

Awesome Apples

Apples are among the most prized fruits. There are literally thousands of varieties today. Apples are processed into numerous products such as cider, jelly, apple butter and desserts, and have been specially bred for those that produce the best cider, preferred for drying, cook well or are simply perfect for fresh eating. Come taste a variety of apples and locally produced artesian cheeses at this year's "Awesome Apples" event Thursday, October 14 at the Ogden Botanical Garden. 

Farmer's Market Thursdays

Photo by Richard Anderson

The Utah Botanical Center's Farmers Market has concluded for the season.  We want to thank you all for helping make it a success and look forward to seeing you again next year.  

Click the following links to see photos from last week's Farmers Market:
Salt Lake Tribune

Featured Photo by Doug Hill

 Each month, we would like to feature a nature picture from you.  To submit your favorite outdoor photo, and for a chance to win a gift from the gardens, mailto: ubc@usu.edu.
Upcoming Events
How Do You Like Those Awesome Apples?

When:             Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time:              12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Where:            Ogden Botanical Gardens
                        1750 Monroe Boulevard
                        Ogden, Utah

Bring the family and join us for a night of Fall fun.
Pumpkinpalooza will feature a spider presentation, face painting and pumpkin walk.  Put on your Halloween costume and enjoy this fun, family event.

When:             Monday, October 25, 2010
Time:               6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where:            Utah Botanical Center
                         920 South 50 West
                         Kaysville, Utah

To register for a class in Kaysville call the Davis County Extension Office at (801) 451-3403.
To register for a class in Ogden call the Weber County Extension Office at (801) 399-8201.

Become a member online or purchase your membership at either of the gardens and save money on classes and plants.

Click here for Gardening Basics
Click here                 for October                      gardening tips.  
For information, click here.

Quick Links
Contact Us
Utah Botanical Center
725 South Sego Lily Drive
Kaysville, UT  84037
phone: (801) 593-8969

Ogden Botanical Gardens
1750 Monroe Boulevard
Ogden, UT 84401
phone: (801) 399-8201
The "Friends of the Garden" Membership Program helps ensure that the gardens keep growing. Your support helps as we develop more demonstration gardens and green space for our future. Click here for more information on becoming a member. 

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