Garden Hotline and Diagnostic Services
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Garden Hotline and Diagnostic Services

Plant & Pest HotlineThe Garden Hotline staff provides answers to Oakland County residents' questions about:

  • trees/shrubs
  • lawns
  • flowers
  • fruit
  • insects
  • nuisance pests/wildlife
  • vegetables
  • composting
  • organic gardening
  • native plantings
  • specialty gardens (water, raised beds, etc.)
Learn more about SEASONAL HOT TOPICS that Oakland County residents are asking about!


Services offered by the Garden Hotline are:

  • Diagnostic assistance
    Samples of plant and insect/pest problems can be submitted for identification and management recommendations.  Samples can be mailed or brought in directly during our business hours.  Avoid mailing samples on Fridays.  Diagnostic fee (cash or check only) is $5.00 per visit. 

  • Problem-solving via telephone
    Currently questions can be directed to staff Mondays during the non-growing season, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, by phoning 248-858-0902.  Messages can be left at any time and calls will be returned.  Closed major holidays.

  • Problem-solving via e-mail
    Questions can be sent via e-mail

  • Hours:   Hours may vary due to staff training.  Please call us at 248-858-0902 before bringing in samples.

    April through June:  Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm. 

    July through September:  Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 4:00pm

    October through March (non-growing season): Open only on Mondays, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

  • Yard & garden fact sheets

 For further information or assistance, contact the Garden Hotline at 248-858-0902.


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