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Autumn mulching will protect soil and prevent spring weed infestations

Discourage uninvited animal guests from making themselves too cozy.

Oct 15, 2007 | News Story

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

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

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

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 perennial borders, improve soil and soil structure, and recycle organic material at home.

Jan 2013 | Article

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 vegetables produced. Looking at onions, potatoes, peppers, cabbage and other "stuff" I decide to try. 

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Mulch is a key to no-till gardens

The crux of no-till gardening is to pile on enough mulch so that weeds don't germinate and grow up through it.

Tiffany Woods | Sep 6, 2012 | News Story

Publication answers mulching questions

New OSU publication answers mulching questions

Apr 17, 2009 | News Story

Wood chips for mulch?

Q: I have an old pile of wood chips from a pruned willow tree and I wondered if I could rototill them into my garden soil to add mulch?

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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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