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PLANTING trees, bushes and other perennials in the fall allows the plants extra time to grow roots before spring.
PLANTING trees, bushes and other perennials in the fall allows the plants extra time to grow roots before spring.
By Jenniffer Wardell

LAYTON —  You don’t have to wait until spring to get started on next year’s garden.

Get a jump on growing the best plants and flowers at the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District’s 2013 Fall Garden Fair, set for Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the garden. The free event will feature vendors, garden tours, a live broadcast of the KSL Greenhouse Show, face painting, and mini classes on everything from irrigation systems to the best trees and shrubs to put in the ground now.

“Fall is probably one of the best times to do anything with plants,” said David Rice, conservation programs coordinator for Weber Basin. “Putting things in the ground now can give them a jump start for next spring.”

The extra time can help the plants be stronger and more lush in the long run.

“As long as the ground isn’t frozen, there will be some root development,” he said. “Then when spring rolls around, they can focus on growth.”

The mini classes, each about 20 minutes long, cover a variety of topics ranging from irrigation and soils to native plants and landscape diagnosis. There will also be a class on landscape photography, but most classes will be focused on helping people get their lawns and gardens as healthy and beautiful as possible.

“It’s enough time to get some good basics out there and get people’s feet wet,” said Rice. “It’s an opportunity to present some things and get some questions answered, and if people need more help we’ll have experts on hand.”

The classes will repeat at different times throughout the day, giving guests a second chance to attend a class they might have missed earlier in the day.

“In the past we’ve done some longer classes, but at an event like this there’s a lot going on,” said Rice. “People don’t want to miss any of it.”
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