Gardening Tips

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Check drainage to avoid salt build-up in planters
To avoid salt buildup in containers, let all the liquid run out of drainage holes at the bottom of the pot every time you water.
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Noxious knotweed resists conventional management techniques
A new Oregon State University Extension publication called "Biology and Management of Knotweeds in Oregon: A Guide for Gardeners and Small-Acreage Landowners" explains that the plant cannot be reasonably managed by non-chemical means.
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Healthy lawns need efficient irrigation
A new OSU Extension publication, available online, can help homeowners decide on an optimum lawn irrigation schedule.
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Caring for flowers in hanging baskets
With a little care, flower baskets will bloom for you all through the summer and into the fall.
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How to build a simple pond for native frogs
With minimal effort, you can attract Pacific chorus frogs to your property.
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For quality table grapes, match growing season to variety
A new publication by OSU Extension, EC 1639, “Growing Table Grapes in Oregon,” can help you choose a cultivar best suited to where you live.
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Keep those gray fuzzy strawberries in check
Proper watering and yearly renovation can help stem strawberry gray mold, also known as Botrytis fruit rot.
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Rain helps in control of brown garden snails
The brown garden snail is the most well established exotic snail in Oregon and the only kind that gardeners have to worry about as a pest.
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Prune and fertilize hedges this time of year
The best time to trim is after the flush of spring growth, late April through early June, depending on your growing season and the vigor of the hedge materials, according to Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
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Oregon gardeners can help manage spotted wing drosophila
If you grow cherries, mulberries and peaches or berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, you can help reduce the effect of spotted wing drosophila with a new online OSU Extension publication, EM 9026.