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Mulching around my tree, how can I get it right?

Q: I'm putting cardboard and chipped wood over much of my backyard to keep the weeds down. How much room should I leave free of cardboard around the trees (one planted only a year ago) so they get enough water (whether mine or rain)? Would it be OK/better to put the chipped wood around the trees but no cardboard? how close to the trunk should I get if I do that?

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Why Does Your Tree Look Sick?

Most “sick tree” problems can be traced back to underlying stresses that have reduced the tree's vigor, making it more vulnerable to diseases or insect pests.

Jun 2018 | Article

Five tips to winterize your trees

Your trees may still need attention even in the coldest days of winter.

Jan 17, 2014 | News Story

How to collect a plant specimen for disease diagnosis

A guide for how to collect and where to get a sample analyzed for plant diseases.

Melodie Putnam, Carol Savonen | Jul 2014 | Article

Grapevine Trunk Diseases in Oregon

A summary of the main trunk diseases causing issues in Oregon and management methods.

Melodie Putnam | Mar 2019 | Article