Garden Hotline and Diagnostic Services
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Garden Hotline and Diagnostic Services

The 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.)

​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 regular office hours.  Avoid mailing samples on Fridays.  Diagnostic fee is $5.00 per visit. (Cash, check or credit card accepted)

  • Problem-solving via telephone
    Currently questions can be directed to staff during regular service hours (see hours below), 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

Garden Hotline and Diagnostic Services Hours:

April through Mid-September (Spring/Summer)
Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 4:30 pm. 

Mid-September through March (Fall/Winter): 
Open only on Mondays, 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
Please call us at 248-858-0902 before bringing in samples.

During the non-growing season, you can also call the statewide hotline at
888-MSUE-4MI (888-678-3464) on Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

You can also look at our collection of Yard & garden fact sheets for information on a wide range of topics​.​

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