Got Gardening Questions?
Visit or call the Hotline
Or drop by: The Butte County Cooperative Extension Office
2279-B Del Oro Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965
You can also catch us in person at local farmers markets or at one of our information booths. Check out where we'll be on the Events page.
Help Us Help You
You never can tell what's at the root of the problem. Below are some questions we may ask when you call:
- Name of plant
- Age of plant
- Soil type (loam, sandy, clay)
- Current watering methods (drip, sprinkler, hand)
- Frequency of watering
- Sun exposure
- Evidence of insects or other damage – check on both sides of leaves
- Recent changes that may effect the plant (watering, fertilizing)
Samples and photos related to your question are strongly encouraged. Drop them by the office any time, or email them to:
In the subject put: Attention Master Gardeners
Include a description of the problem.
What’s Hot Now?
Is there snail bait that is safe around pets?
by Brent McGhie
The University of California recommends that home gardeners practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and use chemical controls as a last resort. That being said, iron phosphate baits (trade names include Sluggo and Escar-Go) are safe to use around children, pets, domestic animals, birds, fish and other wildlife.
For more information
UCIPM Pests in Gardens and Landscapes: Snails and Slugs