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Improving Garden Soils with Organic Matter

This publication will help you understand the importance of soil organic matter levels to good plant performance. It also contains suggestions for suitable soil amendments. Any soil, no matter how compacted, can be improved by ...

Dan Sullivan, Linda Brewer, Neil Bell | May 2003 | OSU Extension Catalog

Add organic matter to improve garden soils

Adding organic matter is the best way to improve nearly all kinds of soils.

Feb 27, 2009 | News Story

Are there insect issues with birch trees?

Q: Is it true that white paper birch in the Willamette Valley have been infested with insect like beetle? I wanted to plant one this spring and my yard maintenance service told me I should consider a different type due to the insect problem.

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Help! Tansy is getting the upper hand.

Q: Where can I get some of the tansy flea beetles ? We used these many years ago and they did an incredible job. I do have some of the cinnabar larva present but they never start working early enough to prevent the ...

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Why are my trees dying?

Trees all over Oregon are displaying signs of poor health. People are quick to blame insects, but insects are rarely the underlying cause of the problem. Drought and other stressors can make trees vulnerable to pests and disease.

John Punches | Sep 2019 | Article

Nothing beats bug patrol for organic gardeners

Look for OMRI logo when buying organic products

Kym Pokorny | Apr 29, 2016 | News Story

How hormones and growth regulators affect your plants

Plant hormones and growth regulators are chemicals that affect flowering, aging, root growth, distortion and killing of organs, prevention or promotion of stem elongation, color enhancement of fruit, prevention of leafing and/or leaf fall, and many other conditions.

Ann Marie VanDerZanden | Jul 2012 | Article

What are those 'worms' in my firewood?

You may have encountered white, segmented “worms” or grubs when chopping firewood and wondered what they were. Common questions include, did they kill my tree? And are they a danger to other trees? The quick answers are no, and no.

Jun 2018 | Article

Tansy Ragwort

Tansy ragwort, an invasive weed that can harm certain types of livestock, is making a comeback in western Oregon. Find out how to control it and protect your animals.

Shelby Filley, Andy Hulting, Gene Pirelli, Eric Coombs | Aug 2011 | Article