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Will banana slugs munch my plants?

Q: Are banana slugs harmful to my flower or vegetable garden? I remember learning that they are beneficial but I would like to clarify. The internet is giving me very mixed answers.

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Shade tree wanted, what, when and how should I plant?

Q: Hello, I live in Bend and have a south-facing back yard that really heats up in the sun. I'd like to plant a tree that will provide a canopy of shade and prefer deciduous for this purpose. Can you suggest one or more that will do well here?  

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Perennials: How to Dig and Divide!

Perennials are one of the many treasures in the garden but after time they may have outgrown their spot or just aren’t as vigorous as when they were first planted. These plants actually perform best when they are younger...

Crystal Cady | Sep 2010 | Article

Less toxic iron phosphate slug bait proves effective

OSU research indicates that the less toxic iron phosphate containing slug baits are as effective as those with metaldehyde.

Feb 25, 2008 | News Story

Homemade Remedies for Pests and Diseases

Home remedies have shown some effectiveness against many garden pests and diseases.

Jul 2017 | Article

The age old secret to tree planting is...

Green Side up and brown side down. Seriously, it is that easy! But, just in case you are a detail oriented person here are a few extra things to consider while getting those roots in the ground.

Lauren Grand | Nov 2018 | Article

Slinky, slimy slugs on the loose and chomping through gardens

Control plant-eating mollusks early and often

Kym Pokorny | May 5, 2017 | News Story

Drought-Tolerant Plants for Shade

Water-wise gardening conserves water and helps protect the environment. A xeriscape is a “dry scene” that uses very little water, but a water-wise garden includes any style that is designed to conserve water.

May 2018 | Article

Old Garden Roses

The category of Old Roses remains one of the most misunderstood and confusing. Nurseries may call a plant an "antique rose" or an "old garden rose," but the rose may not truly be an Old Garden Rose.

Barbara McMullen | May 2007 | Article