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I just bought a house and the yard is a mess. We have multiple varieties of grasses and weeds, dry spots, dead spots and rodent damage. I am a staunch do-it-yourselfer but the number of different problems to attack is overwhelming. Where is the best place to get educated or to get started? If I take a bunch of digital pictures of the various problems and plant types is there someplace I can take them to get good advice? Tru Green also came by and said we have grubs, but all they did was LOOK at the grass. I can pull up the dirt myself, but I don't know what to look for.
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What we can offer at the USU Extension office in Salt Lake County is every Monday from 1 to 4pm in June, July, and August we have a Plant Problem Diagnostic Clinic at 2001 South State Rm S1007/8. This clinic is for the public to bring in their plant samples and questions. The clinic is staffed by Master Gardener volunteers who will try their best to answer questions. As much information such as photos, fresh plant samples, insect pests can be brought into the clinic and we will be better able to figure out what the problems may be.
Here is the link to our website http://extension.usu.edu/saltlake/ with our contact information and location.
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