Polk County, Oregon

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Tree bugs or birds

Hi this is Tom & Kim, We recently (2-years ago) purchased 13 acres near Dallas in Polk County. On our property we have approx 2-3 acres of woods on the lowest elevation. This woods has many types of trees. The Douglas fir are doing well, however some of the Ponderosa Pine & other types of Pine are dead or the top half is dead. Two of our neighbors are concerned that bugs are killing the trees & that this may spread. We had a young arborist come out to the property about a year ago. He seemed to think the dying was caused from birds (sap suckers) ringing the trees. Now that we have cleared a sections of trees (about 70%) in this area. The logs are lying in a field in a pile. I can see just under the tree bark, bug tracks on some. (Sorry I didn't take any photos but can this weekend if needed) Here are a few questions. Can you tell by looking at photos if the dying is caused from bugs or birds? If it's bugs, do we need to burn all the trees? Most of the dead sections look very old & don't have much bark remaining. We were planning on using the trees for gardening, boarders, composting, projects etc. Is it possible (tell me if I'm crazy) to quarantine the pile with black plastic sheathing & bug bomb? Our neighbor said the bugs hatch in March. Do you ever have someone come out to property? That's it for now, looking forward to getting some answers.

Polk County OR over 4 years ago

Invasive Hawthorn tree on my property

I have about 16+ acres in Polk County and over the years a hawthorn tree has been taking over much of the property. I went on the Oregon Department of Agriculture webpage and it appears that this is a variant of Cratageus monogyna/European Hawthorn. Isa this an invasive species and should I begin to remove it. I tried to get ahold of Brad Withrow-Robinson, Polk County Extension forester but haven't heard back from him yet. Thanks for any advice or help you could give me. It is a beautiful tree but is out-of-control. Sincerely, Ronald M. Cooper


Polk County OR trees and shrubs over 5 years ago

Brown Arborvitae

Several of my 10 year-old Arborvitae just turned brown. it seems like in a matter of days. They don't have any visible insects, and aren't in an area where they could have been exposed to any herbicides or the like. From Google I have found that it could be many things such as fungus or drainage issues. Is there any product we can treat them with? Any advice will be wonderful!! Linda Coakley


Polk County OR trees and shrubs horticulture over 5 years ago

I found this growing in my yard, and have no idea what it is I was hoping...

I found this growing in my yard, and have no idea what it is I was hoping someone there could tell me.. Thank You, Harold Alger


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Polk County OR plant identification euphorbia 10 months ago

Ligus bugs

I have a very heavy outbreak of ligus bugs. How do I get rid of them without spraying? What can I do next year to control them better?


Polk County OR insect issues over 2 years ago

Potting medium for growing blueberries in pots

According to "Growing Blueberries in Your Home Garden" EC 1304, "A good planting mix consists of about 80 percent fir bark, 10 percent peat moss, and 10 percent perlite." Fir bark can be purchased in different forms. I've seen (for sale) fir bark shavings, fir bark dust, fir bark mulch. What should I look for?


Polk County OR blueberries 6 months ago

tansy control

Hi. I was told the Polk County Extension can help me acquire a caterpillar (Cinnabar?) that will eat the tansy that has exploded across our property this summer. Am I barking up the correct tree?


Polk County OR over 3 years ago

New Mexico Red Chili Sauce

Greetings! I regularly make a traditional New Mexico Red Chili Sauce. I usually freeze it, but have begun wondering about canning it. Can i home can it? Water bath or pressure canner? I've attached the recipe. a couple of notes about the recipe. i do use masa to thicken the sauce, and i do understand that I cannot can with a thickening agent. Also, these are NM red chilis and while I don't know the acidity of the sauce it is fiery hot! Red Chili Sauce Rinse and remove stem and seeds from about a dozen chili pods Break into piece and place in a pot Cover with water Add a bay leaf Bring to a boil then let simmer for about 20 minutes Cool slightly Drain the water and discard both the water and the bay leaf Puree the chili pods in batches in the blender, adding a bit of water if necessary (Use fresh water, not the water you cooked the chilies in) To the puree add: 3 C fresh water ¼ - ½ t ground cumin 1 ½ t garlic powder ½ t salt 1t sugar 1T yellow masa bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 10- 15 minutes • 12 chili pods = approximately 1.5 C puree • add back 3 C water • basic rule of thumb ratio is 3:1 * The masa serves as a thickening agent. It works much better than flour, which can taste pasty. If the sauce is too thick, just add a little water until it’s the consistency you want. I appreciate any help you can offer. thanks Elizabeth


Polk County OR food safety home food preservation about 2 years ago

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