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Basic Landscape Design Aug 12, 19, 26 from 1-3:30 or 6:00-8:30 pm and
Diagnosing Plant Problem 2-4 or 6-8 pm
Aug 14 Disease and Insect
Aug 21 Weed ID.
Salt Lake Parade of Homes & New Home Expo August 1 - 17, 2003 Opens 11 AM Tickets $8/adult, $5/seniors &, $5/children
The 2003 Parade of Homes and New Home Expo features several changes with the format of the 2003 Parade. This year's Parade is fun and convenient for those who want to see the newest and best in new homes and related products.
There are tow major changes this year. First, the Parade is that exhibitors will be located at one main site at the South Towne Expo Center. The other change is that all Parade homes are scattered throughout the Salt Lake Valley -- not grouped at one location. However, there are three locations where several homes are clustered together.
Essentially, this year's Parade is two events in one. The first event is the New Home Expo at the South Towne Expo Center and the second is the Parade of Homes, which showcases 47 new homes and a demonstration garden at scattered locations.
This year the fun of the Parade will be to travel from house to house in the scattered-site format. The wide variety of prices and locations, in addition to the convenient and comfortable New Home Expo, adds more interest to the Parade.
A cluster of high-end homes will be at Steeplechase at Corner Canyon in Draper. Another cluster of six homes, all on one street, will be at Rosecrest in Herriman. The third cluster is in West Valley City at Hunter Village.
The Parade of Homes opens today with the New Home Expo, which runs through Aug. 3. The Expo will feature 300 exhibitor booths in the convenience of the South Towne Expo Center at 9575 S. State Street. The exhibitors will feature building or service-related products. Do-it-yourself seminars are being conducted during all four days of the Expo. These seminars are free for those attending the show.
The 47 scattered-site homes and demonstration garden will be open from Friday, Aug. 1 through Aug. 17. These homes are fully decorated and
Guidelines for Water Conservation
Plan and Design.
Improve the soil with organic matter to enhance drainage and moisture retention.
Contour landscape to minimize runoff.
Use appropriate plants and hydrozone the landscape. (Group plants together according to their water requirements)
Create practical areas of lawn of manageable sizes, shapes and appropriate grasses.
Limit turf to areas where it provides a functional benefit.
Strategically plant trees and shrubs to reduce runoff and minimize erosion.
Use mulches in shrub and perennial borders, preferably organic mulches that conserve soil moisture and increase soil nutrients. Mulch at least 5' in diameter around each tree planted in turf areas.
Maintain the landscape properly by mowing, pruning, fertilizing, watering, weeding, and deadheading properly.
Use integrated pest management.
Irrigate efficiently - not excessively. Use properly designed systems and apply the right amount of water at the right time for each hydrozone.
Use the roof as a water collection agent. Store water in a cistern to be used for irrigation.
Use porous paving materials to reduce storm water runoff.
Porous paving materials are defined as materials that deliberately allow water to pass through them into the earth below. These materials allow rain and irrigation water to be stored in the earth, reducing direct effects on a city's storm water management system while increasing flood control. Applications include paths, sidewalks, patios, courtyards, parking stalls, and driveways. Be aware of potential frost heave.
Guidelines for Energy Conservation
Strategically plant trees to reduce energy load within house.
Select trees with dense canopies in summer and open canopies in winter for placement south, east and west of buildings.
Plant deciduous trees to shade south and west facing windows, walls, and outdoor living areas to help reduce summer air-conditioning needs. This is achieved by directly and indirectly shading the exterior and windows of the home.
In the winter, these trees will loose their leaves and allow 70 % of the sun's heat to enter the windows and provide interior warmth.
Plant deciduous trees on the East side to protect the home from morning heat gain. Note: some early morning heat and light can be nice to have.
Shade the south roof and windows only if solar access is not a concern.
Locate shrubs to shade west and south facing walls.
Locate evergreen trees on the north to block cold winter winds.
Buffer and divert wind with plants.
Use dense branching conifers for maximum wind protection.
Do not block cool summer breezes.
Shade air-conditioners using trees, vines or other plants. A small tree can shade the air-conditioner to pre-cool nearby air.
Use solar and energy efficient landscape lighting. Clearly identify the purpose for lighting to determine minimum acceptable levels. Install energy efficient lamps and ballasts, security lights, porch lights, night lighting, motion detectors etc. Landscape lighting can double as security lighting. Fluorescent lighting is better than incandescent.