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Rogue River, OR
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Rogue River, OR
Error on message from Rogue River OR
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Williams, OR
Deer-resistant plants for Williams, OR
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Are Chanticleer flowering pears toxic to horses?
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Ashland, OR
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Brookings, OR
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Myrtle Point, OR
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We have had wonderful fortune with red tip Photinia.We would like to expand our plantings.Can red tip Photinia be propagated by hard wood cuttings?
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Reedsport, OR
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We have a very steep 35-40' clay hill subject to erosion in the Oregon rainy season. How or what do we do to get some kind of vegetation/grass, etc to grow without washing away? We have had mudslides...
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Eugene, OR
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Eugene, OR
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Eugene, OR
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Glendale, CA
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Springfield, OR
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Kneeland, CA
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