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Garden Education

Many resources available to the public to teach how to landscape and garden successfully. While some people are interested in aesthetics of the garden, others are focused on functionality and production. Some people want to understand plants while others do not. However, everyone wants to have a landscape they can enjoy.

To assist the public in this educational effort Weber Basin has constructed the Learning Garden. In addition, a free landscape and gardening class series has been developed. These classes and resources are free to the public and we encourage everyone to come learn how to be successful in the landscape while saving water in the process.

There are 7 Principles of Water Efficient Landscaping that apply to every landscape (listed below). A water efficient, yet aesthetically pleasing landscape can be achieved using these principles. The key is to follow them and examine our behavior regarding how we irrigate and maintain the landscape. We encourage all homeowners to use plants that are more adapted or native to our climate and soil types. However, if you love a particular plant we encourage you to understand and maintain the plant’s needs properly. Keep in mind that problems arise when we group plants with different needs together. As a result we can over water or underwater plants.

We encourage you to seek out and use the many other resources in our communities. The Utah State University Extension service, local nurseries and plant growers, landscape professionals, and self-education will help in achieving healthy, beautiful, water efficient and valued landscapes.

The 7 Principles of Water Efficient Landscaping

1. Planning and Design

Account for existing site conditions, use of the landscape, and landscape maintenance. Determine soil type, topography, drainage sun exposure etc. Determine outdoor objectives and style.

2. Soil Type and Condition

Good soil is the basis for a successful landscape. Adding organic matter (leaves, grass clippings, and other plant and animal remains) will improve all types of soils; clay, loam or sand. It is a good idea to contact your local Extension Office for a soil test.

3. Plant Selection

Another consideration would be to find plants that are adapted to Utah’s climate and seasons. There are many beautiful trees, shrubs, perennials and groundcovers that will fit in a water-wise landscape in Utah.

4. Minimize Turf Area

Water loving turf such as Kentucky Blue Grass should be located only where it provides a useful purpose. Eliminating turf usage in narrow strips and sloped areas is recommended.

5. Irrigate Efficiently

Well designed and maintained sprinkler systems save water. Organize and irrigate plants according to their water needs.

6. Mulch

Organic mulch (bark chips, wood shaving, etc.) reduces evaporation, weed growth, runoff, and provides a manicured landscape. Inorganic mulch (rock, decomposed granite, etc.) provides aesthetic value when used properly.

7. Maintenance

Water-wise landscaping will not eliminate maintenance, but will reduce it. Regular maintenance preserves the landscape beauty and sprinkler system while saving water.

The FREE Classes held at the Learning Garden each season will help any individual, whether just starting with a new landscape or working with a mature landscape to water more effectively and to improve overall landscape health and conditions. We invite you to take part in our FREE educational opportunities and become more water-wise.

Free Learning Garden Landscape Class Schedule

Free Garden Fair