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Metro Master Gardener Volunteers from Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties in Oregon.

(This group currently has 6 experts available to answer questions)

Questions asked to this group

Good apple tree from seed

I planted some apple seeds when I was a kid (late 80's early 90's). The seeds were probably from a granny smith or golden delicious. One of the trees is still at my parents home and it produces very tasty apples. I understand that this is quite unusual. The tree is quite hardy as my parents do not do anything special for it. It produces quite a lot of fruit. It is a pale green color, and similar to a golden delicious. I would love to give you a sample so this tree may live on.

Multnomah County OR Posted about 20 hours ago

Flies in lawn

Some little fly was emerging from my lawn late last summer. Now I have large dead patches. What can I do to eliminate grubs before they hatch. And when.

Washington County OR lawns and turf Posted 2 days ago

Growing Vegetables in part shade

What vegetables and herbs might be successful in part shade 4-5 hours a day in the hill of Portland? Thank you

Multnomah County OR Posted 2 days ago

Rhododendron leaves all brown

Hi, I’m asking to see what I should do to try and have my rhododendron come back to life. Last summer, I wasn’t sure what I was doing and I trimmed our rhododendron plant. It ended up turning all the leaves brown. The leaves are still on the plant but all brown. Should I take all the leaves off and feed the plant something to try and get it back to life this spring? Thanks for any and all help!

Clackamas County OR rhododendrons Posted 7 days ago

Privacy plant

Hello. Our rear neighbors in SE Portland are building a huge, tall extension to their house that comes right up to our fence. I’d like to find some plants to make our backyard private again, but I want native, non poisonous plants. I prefer plants that grow fast. I’ll send a picture. I already have an arbor vitae started. We need the plants to get to 15’/20’ tall. Thanks!

Multnomah County OR trees and shrubs privacy screen Posted 11 days ago

Test soil

How do I go about to get my soil tested? Need to know what it need to grow a greener lawn.

Multnomah County Oregon lawns and turf soil testing Posted 11 days ago

Pruning this warm winter

Hi! I’m wondering about pruning. I figured I’d prune in February or March-ish, but the winter has been so warm everything is starting to bud (well not everything, but…). I’m worried the sap is rising on everything, even though I don’t see buds yet on all the trees. I want to prune my fruit trees and maple. Should I do it now? Thank you, as always!

Multnomah County Oregon Posted 13 days ago

Kissing bug? Wheel bug?

This bug bit me in bed two nights ago. It bit my neck and shoulder, and it was painful. I've never seen one in my house before. I do have a dog that sleeps in my bedroom, so maybe she brought it inside from our backyard. I live in SE Portland. Can you identify it?

Multnomah County Oregon insect identification Posted 17 days ago

Little tan worms on my cement patio

My brother in washington has these little tan very small worms all over there back cement patio. Someone please identify they are worried for there little kids and animals

Clackamas County Oregon worm identification Posted 18 days ago

Grassy weed

Last summer a wirey stringy “grass” started in our lawn and is spreading rapidly. It rakes out somewhat but leaves a bare spot and you can’t get it all. How does one irradiate this invasive grassy weed?

Washington County Oregon Posted about 1 month ago