Gardening Tips

Prune lilacs soon after bloom
To keep your lilacs looking their best, they need to be pruned, fertilized and shaped almost every year, soon after they are done blooming in the late spring.
Ceanothus flowering shrubs are stunning in PNW gardens
Oregon State University Extension community horticulturist Neil Bell is working with the Oregon Garden to test 45 varieties of Ceanothus, a genus of native North American shrubs with about 60 species, to determine how well they perform in Pacific Northwes
Life teems in old oaks
Protect that majestic old oak in your back yard. It is not only home to your hammock, it holds an entire ecosystem of life in its limbs.
What's the difference between chemical, organic fertilizers?
Differences between processed and organic fertilizers are explained in this article.
Prevent hungry rodents from chewing trees and shrubs
Hungry rodents feed on is the bark of landscape shrubs and trees in the winter and are capable of damaging and even killing shrubs and trees.
Espalier training of fruit trees is fun, but demanding
Are you looking for a demanding but rewarding gardening challenge?
Less toxic ways to battle bugs in your summer garden
The saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" holds true with pests in the garden.
Store garden chemicals safely for the winter
Now that the gardening season has calmed down, you might want to think about safely storing those gardening chemicals for the winter.
There's no break for people who garden in clay
Clay soils are one of the biggest challenges to the home gardener
Snakes provide good pest control in the garden
Gardeners should be glad to see snakes around the garden, according to Oregon State University snake expert Bob Mason.