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How can I protect my duck egg?

Q: We have a pair of Mallards stop by and hang out in our pool for a few weeks every year. Our dogs are used to them and give the ducks a wide berth when they walk by the pool. I just noticed that in the last ...

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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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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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Conifers naturally shed needles in summer and fall

You're not looking at the same needles over time

Kym Pokorny | Oct 7, 2016 | News Story

Creating wildlife habitat in your landscape

Want to be a good neighbor to local wildlife? Check out these tips from a conservation specialist to take your "naturescaping" game to the next level!

Rose Clarke, Jon Wagner | May 2019 | Article

Proper forest road construction helps keep streams healthy, according to study

Sediment being sent into streams is not biologically significant

Chris Branam | Aug 3, 2017 | News Story

Invasive plants and your streamside garden

The replacement of a native streamside plant community by only one species of weed is not beneficial to wildlife.

Jul 2018 | Article

Tree Pruning Basics

A properly pruned tree looks as natural as possible; the tree’s appearance reflects its fundamental form and character. The pruner must be sensitive to maintaining this structural integrity, in addition to knowing a bit about tree biology and proper pruning principles.

Nov 2012 | Article