Gardening Tips

Ladybugs - better to attract them naturally
Purchased ladybird beetles are not a very effective pest control for your home garden for a couple of reasons.
How to control aphids with less toxic methods
Now that spring is finally warming up, gardeners need to be on the look out for aphids - tiny, soft bodied, plant-sucking insects.
Lawns and drought - what should you do?
OSU’s turf grass expert offers some strategies for lawn care during drought.
Notched rhody leaves indicate root weevils at work
Root weevils are the most serious insect pests of woody ornamentals in the Pacific Northwest.
Coffee grounds perk up compost pile with nitrogen
Let java jolt your compost pile
How to keep butterfly bush from spreading noxiously
Butterfly bush, or Buddleia, can be a very aggressive non-native plant that, in certain situations, can overtake native vegetation. Take care to cut blossoms off in the fall.
These ornamentals can be much too successful in Oregon
Some ornamentals are much too “successful.”
English ivy is an invasive weed in Pacific Northwest
English ivy can completely engulf shrubs and encircles tree trunks of all sizes, leaving nothing uncovered.
Oregon’s noxious weed puncturevine seeds are vicious
Puncturevine seeds can give your bike tire a flat.
Aggressive Japanese knotweed requires persistence to eradicate
Japanese knotweed is a botanical bully in western Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Here’s how to discourage it.