Hotline

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?

field of buckwheat

by Barbara Hill

My coast redwoods have always looked sickly, so I’m having them taken out. Can you suggest a replacement that would do well in Butte County?

As you’ve discovered, even though coast redwoods can sometimes be found in Central Valley stores, they only thrive in the moist, humid climate of the Northern California coast. Fortunately, there are plenty of tough, drought-tolerant conifers that are well-suited for our hot, dry summers. An excellent alternative would be a deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara), a majestic conifer that resembles the coast redwood, but requires much less water. Photo by Lazaregagnidze.

For more information: 
Cedrus deodara
Drought Tolerant Conifers

 

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