Gardening Tips

Wood chips. (Photo by Al Shay)
Pick a good mulch groundcover for your yard
When choosing mulch, "The coarser the better," according to Al Shay, an instructor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University.
Crab grass (Photo by Ed Peachey)
How to manage three common weeds in the vegetable garden
Knowing more about weeds can give gardeners a leg up in the fight, said Ed Peachey, weed specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Use pliers to form hooks at the ends of the panel. (Photo by Sharon Andrews.)
Help your tomatoes stand tall with a DIY tomato cage
Giving tomato plants a boost can make a difference in the amount of fruit the plant produces, according to Master Gardeners trained by the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Turfgrass (Photo by OSU's EESC)
Two ways to uproot your lawn
Grass lawns are the default for most yards, but a few people realize there are other options, like edible landscaping, a bark dust yard or low-maintenance groundcover.
Fava beans (Photo by Chris LaBelle)
Plan ahead to plant cover crops for healthy garden soil
Cover crops protect the soil from rain, add organic matter to the soil and in some cases add nitrogen to the soil to help plants grow.
Gymnosporangium libocedri (Photo by Jay Pscheidt)
Watch out for rust that can jump from incense cedars to fruit trees
Are globs of bright orange goo attacking both your incense cedar and pear trees? You could be dealing with a potentially devastating fungus known as Pacific coast pear rust.
Sunflower (Photo by Lynn Ketchum)
Easy ways to conserve water in the garden during a dry year
In a dry year, use water wisely, the Oregon State University Extension Service advises.
Cistaceae family (Photo by Linda McMahan)
Ten easy flowering shrubs that flourish with little water
Flowering shrubs can add beauty to your landscape. Choosing the right shrubs can help save money on your water bill, too.
A blue orchard mason bee on meadowfoam flower. (Photo by George Hoffman)
Add the buzz of mason bees to your garden
Concerned about the decline of honeybees, one of the hardest-working food crop pollinators? Don't overlook the importance of a native pollinator of your fruit trees – the blue orchard mason bee.
PNW Insect Management Handbook (Photo by OSU)
New website available for PNW Extension guide on managing insect pests
The latest research-based guidelines for managing insect pests, plant diseases and weeds in the Pacific Northwest are available through three newly updated, comprehensive guides.