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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

Will banana slugs munch my plants?

Q: Are banana slugs harmful to my flower or vegetable garden? I remember learning that they are beneficial but I would like to clarify. The internet is giving me very mixed answers.

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Less toxic iron phosphate slug bait proves effective

OSU research indicates that the less toxic iron phosphate containing slug baits are as effective as those with metaldehyde.

Feb 25, 2008 | News Story

Homemade Remedies for Pests and Diseases

Home remedies have shown some effectiveness against many garden pests and diseases.

Jul 2017 | Article

Slinky, slimy slugs on the loose and chomping through gardens

Control plant-eating mollusks early and often

Kym Pokorny | May 5, 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

What are those 'worms' in my firewood?

You may have encountered white, segmented “worms” or grubs when chopping firewood and wondered what they were. Common questions include, did they kill my tree? And are they a danger to other trees? The quick answers are no, and no.

Jun 2018 | Article