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Larry Sagers Horticultural Specialist Utah State University Extension Service Thanksgiving Point Office © All Rights Reserved

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Advanced Landscape Design Instructor, Larry Sagers

This course builds upon our Basic Landscape Design course. After completing your basic desgin, come learn how to incorporate advaned design principles and labor-saving maintenance features into your landscape.

The course focuses on using plants to solve problems in the landscape, as well as hardscape items such as arbors, walkways, ponds and other water features. Fee: $40.00

The Art of Garden Photography Larry Sagers

Learn about the quality of light, composition and equipment from the Master of the Art as you explore the beauty of Thanksgiving Gardens.

Larry Sagers co-author of the new "Temple Square Gardening" book and garden writer for the "Deseret News" will be the instructor. Fee: $30.00 $25 if you are a season passholder or Adventure passholder bring a camera and slide film or a digital camera.

As you evaluate your gardening season, it is a good idea to consider how and what you can do to reduce your maintenance time and costs. Often a few minor changes will help you save a great deal of time and effort and your landscape will look much nicer. Consider these suggestions for a getting your landscape prepared for next season.


1. Keep lawns open, free from flowers, trees, shrubs, or other obstacles.

2 .Avoid angles and sharp curves on edges of lawn to facilitate easy mowing.

3. Construct a mowing strip around edges of lawn of cinder block, brick, or a concrete strip - use this next to buildings and under fences where lawn is present.

4. Keep mowing strips, walks, and driveways one inch higher than lawn to eliminate hand edging. Drop the lawn in areas where it is above the sidewalks and drives.

5. Keep grass away from trees, shrubs, and flowers for easy mowing.

6. Water only when needed. Your lawn is going dormant soon. With the lower temperatures and shorter daylength, cut back on the amount you are watering. Check sprinkling system with cans placed on lawns to measure amount of water applied and to determine uniformity of distribution.

7. Aerate slopes and compacted lawn areas for better water penetration. This helps prevent run off and waste.

8. Clean sprinkler heads and flush sprinkling lines this fall.

9. Do not scalp your lawn. Leave it long to allow the leaves to feed the roots. When temperatures start getting colder, then you can reduce the mowing height. Apply fertilizer because a well fertilized lawn crowds out many weeds.


1. Use ground covers on steep slopes and on other areas that are difficult to mow and where grass grows poorly in the shade.

2. Replace flower borders with ground cover for reduced maintenance.


1. Use flowers that require minimum care and are free from pests and diseases.

2. Keep flower beds small and border narrow, (less than five feet wide) for easy maintenance.

3. Plant perennials that do not require planting each spring.

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