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Reducing Lead Hazard in Gardens and Play Areas

This publication is designed to help homeowners evaluate and manage lead hazard in their landscape or garden. It explains how soils get contaminated with lead, how to test soil for lead contamination, and how to reduce exposure to soil lead.

Dan Sullivan, Linda Brewer, Sam Angima | Oct 2016 | OSU Extension Catalog

Cómo evaluar y reducir el peligro del plomo en los huertos y jardines

Esta publicación explica el peligro del plomo en el suelo y cómo se puede saber si hay un problema. Ofrece sugerencias para reducir el peligro en los huertos, jardines y terrenos de juego.

Dan Sullivan, Linda Brewer, Sam Angima | Jan 2017 | OSU Extension Catalog

Coffee grounds and soil trial

Popular gardening advice touts the benefits of coffee grounds for acid loving plants, as a slug repellant and soul amendment. Little research based information is available to back up many of these claims. From November 2008 to...

Jun 2009 | Article

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

Turfgrasses and Lawn Care in Eastern Oregon

Today, turfgrass is the single largest irrigated crop in the United States and covers three times the land area of any other cultivated crop. An estimated 40.5 million acres of grasses are planted in residential, commercial and...

Richard Smiley | Jan 2018 | Article

Would my garden benefit from a java jolt?

Q: We hear about adding coffee grounds to garden soil. What are the benefits?

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Cherry tree grafting, how and when?

Q: The top (grafted part) of our dwarf cherry tree died. We have other cherry trees and would like to graft a new top on it. What is the best type of graft to make?

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Coffee Grounds and Composting

Coffee grounds are a great addition to the garden and compost pile. Help to recycle this great organic resource and reduce the amount of organics going to the landfill!

Jun 2018 | Article

Environmental Factors Affecting Plant Growth

Plant growth and geographic distribution are greatly affected by the environment. Either directly or indirectly, most plant problems are caused by environmental stress. Environmental factors that affect plant growth include light, temperature, water, humidity, and nutrition.

Ann Marie VanDerZanden | Jan 2008 | Article

Grafting is a Biological Disease Management Strategy

Grafting is an age-old technique used in plant propagation to combine two plants so that one plant provides a desirable rootstock and the other provides desirable fruit characteristics (Fig. 1). While most people are familiar ...

Carol Miles | Oct 2018 | Article