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Are there insect issues with birch trees?

Q: Is it true that white paper birch in the Willamette Valley have been infested with insect like beetle? I wanted to plant one this spring and my yard maintenance service told me I should consider a different type due to the insect problem.

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Look out for prickly Paterson's Curse in wildflower seed mixes

Be on the lookout for prickly Paterson's Curse in wildflower seed mixes.

Nov 19, 2007 | News Story

Why are my trees dying?

Trees all over Oregon are displaying signs of poor health. People are quick to blame insects, but insects are rarely the underlying cause of the problem. Drought and other stressors can make trees vulnerable to pests and disease.

John Punches | Sep 2019 | Article

How hormones and growth regulators affect your plants

Plant hormones and growth regulators are chemicals that affect flowering, aging, root growth, distortion and killing of organs, prevention or promotion of stem elongation, color enhancement of fruit, prevention of leafing and/or leaf fall, and many other conditions.

Ann Marie VanDerZanden | Jul 2012 | Article

Scotch broom is beautiful, but noxious

Scotch broom is noxious in Pacific Northwest

May 29, 2009 | News Story

Gorgeous yellow iris is ecological threat to PNW wetlands

Gorgeous yellow iris Is ecological threat to PNW wetlands

Jun 20, 2008 | News Story

Invasive grass called false brome, threatens Oregon native plant diversity

Oregon is the first state to list invasive non-native grass called false brome as a noxious weed.

Mar 2, 2007 | News Story

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

12 plants to entice pollinators to your garden

Consider adding some flower power to your landscape to bring in the buzz of pollinators to your garden.

May 9, 2014 | News Story

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.

Jan 21, 2005 | News Story