Trees & Shrubs (Woody Plants)
- Tree Planting Rules
- Planting Landscape Trees
- How to Plant Bare Root Trees (Video) video
- Handling and Planting “Bare Root” Plants in the Home Landscape
- Post-Planting Tree Care
An Aborist is a specialist in the cultivation and care of trees and shrubs, including tree surgery.
- Mulching is Important for Tree Health
- Efficient Irrigation of Trees and Shrubs
- Drip Irrigation for Trees
- Tree Injuries – Prevention and Care
- Transitioning Trees from Traditional to Low-Water Landscapes
- Putting the Yard and Garden to Bed
Diseases & Pests
- Pruning Fruit Trees: Clip with Confidence!
- Pruning Landscape Trees: An Overview
- Directional Pruning and Powerlines
- How to Make Basic Tree Pruning Cuts (video) video
- How to Prune Multi-Stem Trees (video) video
- How to Prune Landscape Trees & Shrubs (video) video
Planning Your Landscape
- Water-Wise Landscaping
- Principles of Water-Wise Landscaping
- Designing a Low Water Use Landscape
- Water-Wise Plants for Utah Landscapes
- Water-Wise Landscaping: Plant Maintenance
- Cost Free Landscape Water Conservation Ideas
- Water-Wise Landscaping: Ideas for Landscape Water Conservation Without Changing Your Landscape Design
- Water-Wise Landscaping: Monitoring Irrigation with Probes
- Plant Diseases
- How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Yard
- Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance
- Preventing Deer Damage to Your Trees and Shrubs
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Oaks in the Landscape
Oak trees (Quercus sp.) are generally a tough, drought tolerant, and beautiful addition to Utah landscapes.
How Much Water Do Landscape Trees Require in Utah? An Irrigation Calculator
Trees, undoubtedly, are the most valuable plant in a landscape and must be prioritized for irrigation in drought conditions. Grass easily recovers from a period of long drought; hence, it must be placed last on the priority list for irrigation.
Water-wise Landscape Ideas for Existing Landscapes
Five easy ways to convert an existing landscape to a water-wise landscape without substantial renovation. These ideas are useful for people who would like to be Waterwise but do not have the time, resources, or expertise to renovate the existing landscape...
Water-Wise Plants for Utah Landscapes
This fact sheet includes a water-wise list of ornamental trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses, and ground covers. The plants on the list are (1) water-conserving, (2) adapted to Utah’s arid climate and cold winters, (3) available in th...
Training and Pruning Apple Trees
Training and pruning are critical parts of growing a productive apple tree. The rewards of proper training are a tree that is easy to harvest, has sustained high yields, and quality fruit.
Landscaping for Season-Long Color
Each season brings with it new colors and emotions. Many homeowners seek help in selecting plant material that will offer season-long interest in the landscape. Different colors can add variety and add interest to the landscape. Plants should add consiste...
Gambel Oak in the Landscape
Gambel oak (Quercus gambelii Nutt.), commonly called scrub oak, Rocky Mountain white oak, or Utah white oak, is native to the western part of the U.S., including Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Arizona.
Preventing Deer Damage to Your Trees and Shrubs
Deer/human conflicts have increased due to growing deer populations, limited resources and suburban development in deer habitat. In winter, deer often browse in residential landscapes. This can be reduced by selecting unpalatable plants, protecting woody ...
Selecting and Planting Landscape Trees
Trees and shrubs are a valuable addition to most property. Properly planted, well maintained trees add beauty, wind protection, shade, wildlife habitat, visual screening, and other benefits to the landscape.
Shrub Selection for Utah Landscapes
Urban and suburban landscapes present special challenges concerning shrub selection in Utah. Due to our distinctive climate, shrubs must be able to withstand intense sunlight, low relative humidity, drying winds, and limited seasonal precipitation.
Water-Wise Landscaping: Ideas for Landscape Water Conservation Without Changing Your Landscape Design
Amenity landscapes in Utah use a large portion of the state’s treated potable water. Not only can this cause a shortage of water necessary for human consumption and other uses, but it can also be expensive for homeowners. The good news is that there are m...
Water-Wise Landscaping: Plant Maintenance
A benefit of established water-wise landscapes is they require less time and money to maintain than a traditional landscape. This assumes you have limited turfgrass to areas where it is practical, you have selected plants adapted to your climate, and you ...
Conifers for Utah
This fact sheet lists conifers that can be grown in Utah, including all native and most introduced conifers, and some suggested cultivars.
Crabapples in the Landscape
Crabapples (Malus sp.) are native to Kazakhstan and North America. Crabapples are ornamentals that are closely related to common apple trees and are distinguished by fruit size. Technically, any apple fruit that is smaller than 2-inches is considered to b...
Managing Vegetation Around Fruit Trees
This fact sheet describes the nature of vegetation competition and proposes management strategies to reduce or eliminate competition.
Collecting Plants on Public Lands for Utah Landscaping
Much like rock collecting, hunting, or fishing, collecting plants can be a great way to enjoy the beauties of Utah and enhance appreciation for our local environment. At the broadest level, it may include collection of seeds, cuttings, boughs, seedlings, ...
Designing a Low Water Use Landscape
A landscape design should meet the needs of the people who will use and maintain the area while incorporating the site’s existing environmental conditions into the design. Water is a limiting resource in Utah, so designing the landscape to efficiently use...
Planting Landscape Trees
Trees and shrubs are valuable additions to most property, providing beauty, wind protection, shade, wildlife habitat, visual screening, and other benefits. Here we describe up-to-date, research-proven techniques for planting landscape trees and for post-p...
Water-Wise Landscaping: Monitoring Irrigation with Probes
Monitoring the depth of wetting and uniformity of water application can improve water management and conservation. Various types of probes can be used to monitor soil moisture conditions both before and after an irrigation. Probes can also be used to chec...