About the OSU Extension Service: The Oregon State University Extension Service shares research-based knowledge with people and communities in Oregon’s 36 counties. OSU Extension addresses issues that matter to urban and rural Oregonians. OSU Extension’s partnerships and programs contribute to a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for Oregon.

Insects and spiders out to find shelter for winter

The insects trying to get into homes aren't going to hurt humans or houses.

Hydrangeas play a pretty role in the garden

Hydrangeas play many roles in the garden, whether it's shining in a special place or creating a hedge.

Planning now brings a good tomato season next year

If you had problems with blossom-end rot this year, try amending the soil with lime and changing your watering habits.

Answers to 3 common compost problems

If treated right, billions of microorganisms turn garden debris into black gold.

As Labor Day creeps up, think about spiffing up lawn

Grass can look harsh after a hot summer, but there's plenty of time this fall to rejuvenate it.

Drought driving more yellowjackets into backyards this year

If nests are not in a highly trafficked area, the best practice is to leave them alone.

Instead of leaving soil naked, coat it with cover crops

Grow "green manure" to keep soil from eroding, weeds from exploding and to add nutrients.

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