CANFIELD — The Mahoning Extension Office Plant and Pest Diagnostics Clinic opens next week!
The clinic is here to help you with questions about gardening, landscaping and pests. The clinic is staffed by Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers who have been trained and work under the direction of OSU Extension.
We can answer your questions about flowers, vegetables, lawn care, trees and shrubs. We identify and recommend controls for garden and household pests, with academic publications. Additionally, we identify plants and plant diseases and help with fertilizers and soil amendments.
There is no cost for these services.
All the answers you will get from the clinic are based on science. Our answers come from tests and assessments conducted by universities and other government agencies. And, as part of The Ohio State University Extension, the clinic has full access to all of OSU’s resources to find answers to your questions.
The clinic offers laboratory soil analyzes for your gardens, flowerbeds and lawns. Laboratory soil tests are much more accurate and provide more information than soil test kits available in stores. Lawns, flower beds and garden soils should be tested every two to three years before applying fertilizers or other amendments.
The cost of a soil test is $20 per sample. This cost includes an experienced master gardener to review your test results with you if you have any questions. For more information on how to collect a soil sample, see our soil testing page at http://go.osu.edu/soiltesting.
You can help us help you by bringing samples along with your questions. For plant identification, provide as many plant parts as possible, including stems, leaves, flowers and fruits/berries if available.
For plant disease identification, provide a fresh sample showing both diseased and healthy tissue.
For pest identification, collect one or more whole samples in a plastic bag or jar, with your name on the bag or jar.
For lawn questions, take a 4-6 inch patch of lawn containing both good and bad areas of lawn, include grass roots and soil to a depth of 2 inches.
The first day of the clinic will take place on Monday April 4th. After that, we will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Thursdays until the end of October.
If these days and times are not convenient for you, you can visit or call the post office during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) with your questions and we will get back to you.
The clinic is a service of the Mahoning County Extension Office and is operated by OSU and the Mahoning County Commissioners. The Mahoning County Extension Office is located at 490 S. Broad St., Canfield. The phone number is 330-533-5538.
We are here to help you !
Sprague is a volunteer master gardener at Ohio State University Mahoning County Extension.