Jackson County, Oregon

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Fruit tree pruning help needed

I need help with pruning my fruit trees. I have three; two plum and one cherry. They have thinner limbs but the limbs have grown too long and they have broken from last year's fruit. I am looking for someone with fruit tree pruning background. My phone is 541-245-3775. I would need to know cost or what to offer for this help. Phone calls preferred, leave a message with return number if I'm not home. I do not check my e-mail often. Thanks, Carol in Medford

Jackson County Oregon over 5 years ago

Preparing for winter

I need dummy proof instructions for protecting my more delicate plantings for winter. IE when and how to protect them from frost.I live in Medford.

Jackson County Oregon about 6 years ago

Boron Application for Avocados

Hello, I am consulting for a family friend who has an Avocado farm in Mexico. His tissue tests show that across the board his trees are deficient in Boron. They average tissue concentrations of B around 15ppm, where the ideal range is 30-60ppm. I know Boron is mobile and potentially toxic if over-applied, but from my research it appears that soil drenches of small amounts of Boron (Borax or boric acid solutions) show positive results in nutrient uptake in Avocados, and that Avocados are nearly 10x more tolerant to Boron toxicity than other plants. My question is this: How do I figure out how much Boron needs to be added to each tree to avoid creating a toxic soil environment? I've seen a recommendation for a solution of 0.75 ounces of Borax (11% B) to 100 gallons of water from Cornell, but I don't know how much of that solution would be applied to each plant. They claim that supplies 6 ppm B. If the client's avocado trees are deficient by about 15-40ppm in their tissue, how do I know how much of that solution needs to be applied to the soil of each tree without creating soil toxicity but also being effective? I figure multiple small applications with more tissue sampling will help us narrow it down, but I'd like to reduce the number of tests necessary to get the right application. I also want to know why I've recommended the amount I have when the time comes. The trees are mature and flowering. If you can help me I would greatly appreciate it!

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Jackson County Oregon avocado tree boron deficiency over 1 year ago

something eating plants

I have been trying to grow sweet pea flowers and when they get to be about 4 to 5 inches tall, something eats them right to the ground. We suspect it is rodents, rats, to be specific. We sat out traps and caught three, but haven't gotten any in awhile. I guess my question is could it be rodents or something else. They eat about 10 plants in one night, if I don't cover them. If it is rodents what can I use to keep them away, I have a small dog that also loves her backyard. I would appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you

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Jackson County Oregon horticulture over 5 years ago

Looks like mold

I have been starting some vegetable seeds indoors, this year. They have been growing quite leggy, which I understand to be caused by not enough light. Most of these leggy seedlings need support or they just fall over. So, I decided to prop them up with sticks that I found on the ground under a tree in the yard. About 2 days later, I began to notice that there was some grey hairs growing around the area where I had placed the sticks. Is this something to worry about? I it potentially bad for my seedlings? What should I do, if anything, about this?

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Jackson County Oregon fruits and vegetables horticulture over 5 years ago

Black Tree Fungus Identification

I am having trouble identifying what genus this tree fungus is a part of. I know the photo is taken somewhere in southwestern Oregon and I believe it is some kind of black stain fungus. I would greatly appreciate any help in finding out what genus it is a part of.

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Jackson County Oregon forestry 9 days ago

Removing grapevine on pergola

Hi - we recently purchased a home in Eagle Point, Oregon that has a backyard grapevine growing on a pergola with the canes living in four wooden boxes filled with soil. How can we safely and as environmentally responsibly remove the grapevine? Reading the radical Internet suggestions are scary and concerning - using harsh chemicals - and I don’t want to use poison at all! Thank you for any safe suggestions you can offer. Jacqueline Jakle

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Jackson County Oregon grapes 16 days ago

fungus or mold in ground under Japanese maple

Hi, While cleaning up under some Japanese maples for the coming winter I encountered in a few spots a scattered and thin layer of white substance about 1/2 to 1 inch below the surface. It appears to be some type of mold, but might be a fungus. I used a flat shovel and scraped off the top 1 to 1.5 inches of soil and intend to replace it with an acid-loving planting mix such as either Gardner & Bloome Organics acid planting mix [from the Grange] or Master Nursery Bumper Crop natural organic soil builder [from a local nursery where I have been buying maples]. My question: should I first treat the soil under the tree with a fungicide before placing the layer of either of the above? Will the fungicide hurt or help the Japanese maple? I ask because I lost a beautiful Japanese maple 3 years ago, we think due to fungus in the soil. Following that, I removed that soil down 2 feet and across 8-9 feet under where that tree died and treated the hole [bottom and side walls with a fungicide [ferti-lome Consan 20]. Early this summer I planted another maple in that same spot [this is not the one where I recently encountered the mold or fungus, which led to this email]. Your thoughts? Thanks, Tom

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Jackson County Oregon fungi trees and shrubs 18 days ago

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