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?
Recognizing Frost Damage by Brent McGhie
Frost damaged orange tree.
Q: What are the signs that plants have been damaged by a freeze?
A: Leaves and new growth are usually affected first. Initially they will appear wilted. Then the wilted growth will turn brown, or will turn black and become crispy. This means these parts of the plant have died. The temptation is to remove this dead growth immediately, but you should not prune frost-damaged plants until the full extent of the damage is apparent in the spring.
For more information see UCANR's article Frost-damaged plants may need pruning, but wait until spring (pdf).