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Gardening in Central Oregon's climate

Behind the beauty of the High Desert, lie many factors that create challenges for Central Oregon gardeners. Learn how to work with cold weather, short seasons, dry summers and other elements that can affect your gardening success.

Amy Jo Detweiler | Jan 2016 | Article

What's a fast-growing tree for a privacy screen?

Q: I'm looking for trees to plant to act as a barrier to cars coming past our property; a south facing space that is wet in the winter from runoff. Any suggestions? Height isn't a concern as there's space to plant away ...

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Shade tree wanted, what, when and how should I plant?

Q: Hello, I live in Bend and have a south-facing back yard that really heats up in the sun. I'd like to plant a tree that will provide a canopy of shade and prefer deciduous for this purpose. Can you suggest one or more that will do well here?  

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Plant conifer trees correctly

Tips to improve conifer planting success

Feb 29, 2008 | News Story

Creating wildlife habitat in your landscape

Want to be a good neighbor to local wildlife? Check out these tips from a conservation specialist to take your "naturescaping" game to the next level!

Rose Clarke, Jon Wagner | May 2019 | Article

Growing world-renowned blackberries

How to grow blackberries

Judy Scott | Apr 10, 2009 | News Story

Get help selecting and planting a tree with the touch of a finger

OSU Extension offers new app with videos, photos and illustrations

Kym Pokorny | Jan 29, 2016 | News Story

10 trees for fiery fall foliage

A little research will help you get the color you prefer

Kym Pokorny | Oct 5, 2015 | News Story

Many water-wise trees are available for home gardens

Need help finding a drought tolerant tree?

May 4, 2007 | News Story

5 worthy trees for small gardens

Trees under 30 feet are the best candidates for small spaces

Kym Pokorny | Dec 9, 2016 | News Story