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Sheet mulching — aka lasagna composting — builds soil, saves time

Sheet composting, also referred to as lasagna composting or sheet mulching, is a cold composting method used by people around the world for generations. It is an excellent way to convert grass to vegetable beds, create new ...

Jan 2013 | Article

Autumn mulching will protect soil and prevent spring weed infestations

Discourage uninvited animal guests from making themselves too cozy.

Oct 15, 2007 | News Story

Nitrogen-fixing trees “eat” rocks, play pivotal role in forest health

By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems.

Chris Branam | Feb 25, 2019 | News Story

Some Garden Myths and What Research Has to Say

From the myth of collapsing root balls to myth of compost tea - learn the facts about a range of tips you may have heard through the years about healthy soil, pretty mulch, and more.

Richard Little | Feb 2014 | Article

Much to gardeners’ delight mulching cuts down on weeding and watering

Materials give variety of looks and performances

Kym Pokorny | Jun 10, 2016 | News Story

Trees and Shrubs for Erosion Control

A list of recommended trees and shrubs in Oregon, good for controlling erosion.

Jul 2018 | Collection

Managing Manganese Deficiency in Nursery Production of Red Maple

Discusses the processes of manganese (Mn) reaction in the soil, Mn movement in plants, Mn function in plants, results of studies of Mn in Oregon nursery fields, and management practices to prevent Mn deficiency in field-grown ...

Mar 2006 | OSU Extension Catalog

Is ink bad for my vegetables?

Q: Going to start shredding various types of paper--no cardboard--and wondered if the various toners/inks would cause problems with the plants or if the plant would absorb the chemicals and I would end up eating them from the ...

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Fertilizing Shade and Ornamental Trees

Describes how to identify signs of nutrient deficiency in shade and ornamental trees. Discusses the most common soil nutrient deficiencies, types of fertilizer, and fertilization techniques. Offers a simple method, based on tree trunk diameter, for determining how much fertilizer to use.

Aug 2000 | OSU Extension Catalog

Fairy Rings - Blessing or Curse?

Q: I just moved into a house on a golf course with giant fir trees. In our yard in the grass is a fairy ring. Is this good or bad?

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