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    Gardening has always been a popular activity and now recent statistics show an increased interest in gardening with double-digit growth in the number of home gardens.

    Extension in Utah County Gardening Services

    Learn about a few of the garden-based services we provide:

    Our horticulture staff provides diagnostic services for problems relating to plants, fruits, vegetables, lawn, shrubs, trees, etc,. as well as identification of bugs, insects, and other garden pests.  Please bring a recently picked identifiable portion of the plant to be diagnosed including stems, leaves, and/or roots. For lawn samples, please bring at least a 4”x 4” square sample that includes the roots.  Bugs, insects or garden pests can be brought in a jar or sealed in a plastic bag. Samples may need to be left overnight for identification. The cost for our in-house diagnostics is $2.  Please choose one of the following forms to fill out and bring in with your sample.

    Diagnostic Lab Forms:

    Regular testing helps develop and maintain more productive soils for farming, gardening, and landscaping. Soil tests indicate whether plant nutrients are deficient and, if so, what amounts are needed for maximum growth. Soil testing is also a useful diagnostic tool to identify problems related to excessive levels of nutrients and salts, high pH, low organic matter, and poor drainage. When properly interpreted, soil tests promote more favorable conditions for productive and aesthetically pleasing gardens and landscapes.

    Boxes and instructions are available in our office.  Soil samples are mailed by the customer to the USU Analytical Lab in Logan. A routine soil test costs $23 and tests the pH, salinity, texture, P, K, and offers recommendations. Results are sent in about 10 days.

    The USU Master Gardener program is a comprehensive training course that covers a wide range of horticulture topics including basic botany, soils, fertilizers, vegetables, fruits, entomology, pathology, turf grasses, tree, shrubs, ornamental flowers, pesticide safety, pest management and interior plants. The Master Gardener program is divided into two parts: 1.) The formal training consists of 40 or more hours of classroom and laboratory training. 2.) In addition to the training, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer time before being certified as a Master Gardener.

    The Master Gardener class is offered at two locations: Provo and Thanksgiving Point. Classes will be held every Thursday beginning Feb. 1, 2018 and run through Thursday, January 31 through May 2, 2019. Provo time & location: 6:00 - 8:30 pm, Utah County Administration Bldg., Rm. L700. Thanksgiving Point time & location: 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Ashton Garden Visitor Center, Oak room - 3900 N Garden Drive, Lehi, UT 84043. Cost is $200. For questions or to make a payment, call 801-851-8479 or send payment to: USU Extension, 100 East Center, Rm. L600, Provo, UT 84606.

    Utah County Master Gardener Program Information