Gardening Tips

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Renovate your lawn after summer dormancy
OSU turf specialist Robert Golembiewski offers advice to help a drought-stressed lawn.
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Gardeners can help control the great escape
Gardeners can guard against and eliminate invasive plants, according to the new OSU publication "Invasive Species: What Gardeners Need to Know."
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Take caution with unfamiliar berry plants
Many weeds have flowered and the "fruit" can look tasty, but should not be eaten.
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Plant or move plants in the fall to prevent shock
The wet and mild conditions of autumn can help prevent transplant shock.
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Educator's guide uses gardening as a learning tool
A new publication from OSU Extension shows how a full-circle approach to tending gardens on school grounds can help students understand how soil, plants and people are connected.
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Food safety starts in the garden
Fruits and vegetables can be carriers of pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses especially if animal manure has been used in or is near the garden.
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Pears can be ripened to perfection
The colder the pears are, the longer they'll stay in good condition. In fact, they need to be cooled to ripen properly.
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OSU Extension food safety/preservation hotline expects more than 3,000 calls
Call the OSU Extension Service Food Safety/Preservation Hotline from July 18 to October 13 at 1-800-354-7319, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hotline is staffed by OSU Extension Master Food Preserver volunteers and OSU Extension staff.
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Fall webworms have begun to appear in tree branches
The gauzy-looking tents at the end of tree branches are most likely fall webworm caterpillars working as a group to make a home.