UC Master Gardeners of Butte County
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UC Master Gardeners of Butte County


Got Gardening Questions?

Visit or call the Hotline
Wednesday 9am-12pm
Thursday 1-4pm

Call: 530-538-7201

Or drop by: The Butte County Cooperative Extension Office
2279-B Del Oro Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965

Email Us at mgbutte@ucanr.edu. Include a description and photos of the problem. See "Help Us Help You" below for what to include.

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: mgbutte@ucanr.edu

What’s Hot Now?

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by Barbara Hill

Recent articles about Lyme disease have me concerned, but since I’m not a hiker, I don’t have to worry, right?

The good news is, tick-borne diseases are rare, and following a few simple, preventative measures will greatly reduce your chance of exposure. These little pests can be found in lots of places, however, so gardeners, picnickers, and even those with indoor/outdoor animal companions should join their wilderness-loving neighbors in tick awareness.

Once hatched, ticks have three life cycles, all of them parasitic. Mature ticks climb grasses or shrubs to seek hosts, while immature larvae and nymphs—essentially, tiny versions of the adults—hang out in leaf litter and on branches, logs, and tree trunks. But don’t fret—you can relax and enjoy your al fresco exploits by:

  • Regularly inspecting clothing or exposed skin, and doing a full body check at the end of the day.
  • Wearing long-sleeved tops tucked into full-length pants, which are in turn tucked into socks.
  • Applying repellents or acaricides (a pesticide that kills mites and ticks) to skin or clothing.
  • Using veterinarian-recommended collars and/or topical or oral products that kill and repel ticks on dogs and cats.

Learn more about this topic at Lyme Disease in California and Prevent Lyme Disease.


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