Time to Fertilize the Lawn

It's officially spring! Crocus are brightening spots in the landscape and most of us can't wait for the lawn to shed its dormant look and show green signs of life. There are plenty of vendors ready to sell you services and products to feed your turf, but what do you really need? Improper fertilizer application can leave your lawn with burned spots and pollute groundwater that we all depend on. Excessive fertilizer also runs off with stormwater and heavy irrigation. In much of Kaysville that means nutrients from fertilizer end up in the USU Botanical Center ponds and cause profuse algae bloom when the weather warms up. That makes the ponds less hospitable to the fish that visitors value.


It's not difficult to properly apply fertilizer. These fact sheets will help take out the guesswork, possibly save you money and help protect the ecosystem where you live:    


Inorganic Fertilizer  |   Organic Fertilizer 

Join Us for Baby Animal Days

Mark your calendar and join us for our first ever Baby Animal Days May 11 and 12 at the USU Botanical Center. Come meet lambs, kids, llamas, rabbits, chicks, ducklings and piglets being raised by Davis County 4-H members . There will be crafts to make or purchase, horseback rides, a putting green and a climbing wall among other activities.  


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Volunteers Needed

Baby Animal Days promises to be lots of fun and lots of work. We need volunteers to help with a variety of fun, family activities. If you can help us for a few hours Friday, May 11, 4 ̶ 8 pm or Saturday, May 12, 10 am ̶ 6 pm, please contact Jayne Mulford at jayne.mulford@usu.edu or by phone at (801) 544-3089.

Events & Classes 

Raised Beds, Planting Trees & Shrubs, Growing Perennials and Composting (Gardening Mini Classes) 

When: April 14

Where: Ogden Botanical Gardens

Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $20 Public/$14 Garden Members

Register: Click Here 


Learn to make the most of your growing space and protect your investment in new trees and shrubs by selecting the right ones for the right spot. This morning full of classes covers topics that will get you started on a successful growing season this year and for years to come.


Explore the Gardens Family Night

When: April 23

Where: USU Botanical Center

Time: 6-8 pm

Cost:  Free   


Bring the entire family and celebrate spring. Cindy Bennett will share some of what she has learned from many years of raising and showing rabbits and introduce visitors to several different kinds of her furry friends. Activities include children's crafts, tours of the Utah House and landscape and get a sneak peak of the upcoming Baby Animal Days. Join us near the Varga Arboretum. It's all free!


Backyard Chickens

When: April 28

Where: USU Botanical Center

Time: 9-10:30 am

Cost: $37 Public/$29 Members of the Garden
Register: Click Here  


Raising chickens helps maintain a sustainable food source, teaches children responsibility and has become enormously popular in the past few years. Come learn the basics of selection, feeding, management, predator control and legalities.


Create a Hanging Basket

When: May 17

Where: Ogden Botanical Gardens

Time: Noon - 1 pm & 6 -7 pm
Cost: $37 Public/$29 Members of the Garden   


When: May 19

Where: USU Botanical Center

Time: 10 - 11 am
Cost: $37 Public/$29 Members of the Garden  


Register for either class here


Learn to construct and care for colorful hanging baskets that will last through the summer. Then design and plant a basket to take home.

Be Prepared 

Utah State University Extension sponsors the Utah Prepare Conference and Expo Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the Davis Conference Center, 1651 N. 700 W., Layton.


Workshop topics include raised-bed gardening, using food storage, food storage shelf life, earthquake preparedness, water storage and filtration, fuel sources, mock root cellars, grab and go boxes and more. Vendors will be on hand with their products, and door prizes will be given out. The conference is $7 and doors open at 7:30 a.m., with keynote speakers at 8:15 a.m. and workshops from 10 a.m. ̶ 3 p.m. Click here for more information, including where to register online.

Contact Us
Utah State University
Botanical Center
725 South Sego Lily Drive
Kaysville, UT 84037
Phone: (801) 593-8969


Ogden Botanical Center
1750 Monroe Boulevard
Ogden, UT 84401
Phone: (801) 399-8201

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