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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

Did I get it right transplanting my Japanese Maple?

Q: I dug a 10-12 year old Japanese Maple tree from the Washougal, Washington area in the snow and took it to Sherwood Oregon. I transplanted it in a mostly brown and grey clay soil mixed with a 3-way soil mix ...

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Publication answers mulching questions

New OSU publication answers mulching questions

Apr 17, 2009 | News Story

Landscaping with Roses

Selecting roses for landscape use may seem like an impossible task, but with a few key elements in mind, you can select a rose or a group of roses to complement your new or current landscape.

Barbara McMullen | May 2007 | Article

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

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

Old Garden Roses

The category of Old Roses remains one of the most misunderstood and confusing. Nurseries may call a plant an "antique rose" or an "old garden rose," but the rose may not truly be an Old Garden Rose.

Barbara McMullen | May 2007 | Article