Plant and Pest Diagnostics Available from OSU Extension

Information provided by the OSU Extension Office
TROY - To help address gardening questions and more, the Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic will be available through the Ohio State University Extension – Miami County office. Residents of the county can call, email or stop in with a sample plant, weed or bug for volunteers to examine and identify. And best of all, the service is FREE!


   The clinic will operate Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  beginning May 19. It is staffed by trained Master Gardener Volunteers who have completed a rigorous program and are highly knowledgeable about a variety of topics and issues related to horticulture and gardening. These volunteers have collectively logged thousands of hours through their work with local community gardens, schools, and special projects.  The clinic is part of their mission to provide education services to their community through a variety of different forms which also include projects, presentations and other horticulture activities.


   Working in tandem with county Extension personnel, the Master Gardeners are backed by the Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science research faculty, which allows our helpline volunteers to answer your questions using the latest, unbiased information.


   The clinic is designed to connect community members with MGVs to answer questions on trees, gardening, insects, herbs, flowers, wildlife, landscaping and fruit. You may call the clinic at (937) 440-3945 or stop by the office.


   If you are bringing a sample to the office at 510 W Water Street, Troy, please note, in most cases, more is better. A 1-2 foot branch, sod samples about dinner plate size, plants that are just beginning to show symptoms rather than dead specimens, etc. In order to assist you in the most efficient way, please provide as much information as possible so that is easier for the trained volunteer to assist. If you choose to email your question to volunteers at bennett.709@osu.edu, please include a picture. Remember, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”


   Master Gardener volunteers come from all backgrounds, but have a common passion for gardening and sharing information. The Miami County Extension program currently has over 65 volunteers. If you are interested in the program, please contact the office for more information.