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Should I Worry about Heavy Metals in My Garden Soil?

What do we know about heavy metals in soil? What do we know about lead exposure through soil and garden plants? What do we know about cadmium and arsenic in soils? What can I do if I’m at risk for heavy metals in my garden soil?

Jul 2016 | Article

Infiltration Testing: Low-impact development fact sheet

One of the first steps in siting a low-impact development facility is infiltration testing. Infiltration tests estimate the rate at which runoff will infiltrate, or pass through, native soil. An infiltration test, in essence, ...

Derek Godwin | Aug 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Vegetated Roofs: Low-impact development fact sheet

Growing a garden on your roof is an attractive alternative building method, but there's a lot to know before you start hauling soil to the top floor. Learn how vegetated roofs, also known as "green" roofs, can play an elevated role in the low-impact development landscape.

Derek Godwin | May 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Porous Pavement: Low-impact development fact sheet

Porous pavement allows runoff to move through the surface and into the soil beneath, reducing the volume of stormwater. Learn about porous asphalt, pervious concrete, permeable pavers and flexible paving systems and how each ...

Derek Godwin | Jun 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Soluble salts damaging to houseplants

Check winter houseplants for brown leaf tips, wilting, dropping of lower leaves and little or no new growth - all signs that your plant may be in trouble.

Feb 19, 2003 | News Story

Head off houseplant pests with vigilance and cleanliness

Be sure to ID insects first before choosing a method for control

Kym Pokorny | Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

Get indoor pests to bug off without chemicals

Winter is a good time to check for insects on your houseplants

Kym Pokorny | Nov 20, 2015 | News Story

Give charming winter-blooming plants as holiday gifts

A few tips will assure plants live into the new year

Kym Pokorny | Nov 29, 2017 | News Story

Grass Tetany: fast growing grass can mean problems.

Mature cattle grazing pasture with rapidly growing grass are sometimes found to be afflicted with a disease called grass tetany. It is characterized by an uncoordinated gait (grass staggers), convulsions, coma, and death. The ...

Shelby Filley | May 2015 | Article

Host houseplants in best possible site to keep them healthy

Placing plants in the correct sunlight exposure can make all the difference

Kym Pokorny | Mar 3, 2017 | News Story