Gardening has always been a popular activity and now recent statistics show an increased interest in gardening with double-digit growth in the number of home gardens. Whatever your gardening interest, this website is designed to provide useful, research-based information to assist you with your gardening needs.
Our horticulture staff provides diagnostic services for problems relating to plants, fruits, vegetables, lawn, shrubs, trees, etc,. as well as identification of bugs, insects, and other garden pests. Please bring a recently picked identifiable portion of the plant to be diagnosed including stems, leaves, and/or roots. For lawn samples, please bring at least a 4”x 4” square sample that includes the roots. Bugs, insects or garden pests can be brought in a jar or sealed in a plastic bag. Samples may need to be left overnight for identification. The cost for our in-house diagnostics is $1. Please choose one of the following forms to fill out and bring in with your sample.
· Plant & Weed Identification
Regular testing helps develop and maintain more productive soils for farming, gardening, and landscaping. Soil tests indicate whether plant nutrients are deficient and, if so, what amounts are needed for maximum growth. Soil testing is also a useful diagnostic tool to identify problems related to excessive levels of nutrients and salts, high pH, low organic matter, and poor drainage. When properly interpreted, soil tests promote more favorable conditions for productive and aesthetically pleasing gardens and landscapes.