Q: I'm an urban rental dweller--West Portland--whose elderly landlords would rather deal with issues with the house rather than the yard, on which grass seed that I've bought does not grow; the soil is depleted and I can't really afford to pay for bag after bag of compost or fertilizer (it's a pretty big lot). So after a little research I read about the endangered Oregon...
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Check out yellow leaves on rhododendrons and azaleas.
Look to this hydrangea how-to for advice on soil, water, pruning and more. Learn a simple pH trick that will turn blooms from pink to blue.
Fall maintenance can help protect roses from winter weather. Follow these tips to keep your rose bushes happy and healthy.
This fact-sheet explains container planting, including types of containers, soil for containers, and fertilizer.
A list of recommended trees and shrubs in Oregon, good for controlling erosion.
Residues of lead arsenate, DDT, and other persistent pesticides may be in soil where orchards once grew and homes now stand. This report discusses how to investigate former pesticide use and current pesticide residues on your property, soil and water sampling and testing, and what to do about elevated pesticide residue levels.
Explains how to plant or transplant rhododendrons and azaleas. Discusses soil, fertilizer, and water needs. Covers cultivation, winter damage, pruning, propagation, and problems such as nutrient deficiencies and insect pests.
Discusses how to grow dahlias, beginning with soil preparation, fertilizer needs, and planting. Includes information on propagation, how to handle cut flowers, and digging and storing tubers. Also discusses insect and disease problems.
This publication describes factors to consider when deciding to plant a hazelnut orchard and includes a table of native productivity ratings for soil series types in the Willamette Valley.