- Master Gardener volunteers answer questions on a variety of topics including growing vegetables, fruits, ornamentals and turfgrass, plant identification, and insect and disease problems. Advice encourages the use of integrated pest management and environmentally sound practices.
- To help with identification and diagnosis, plant and insect specimens can be brought into the extension office, located in the Lawrence County Government Center, 430 Court St., New Castle. For diagnosis, bring a live sample that shows both healthy and unhealthy growth. Enclose live insect specimens and infested plants in an airtight container. If you cannot keep the insect alive, place it in a container and freeze it to preserve the specimen. Digital photos for plant or insect identification can also be e-mailed to the office at email@example.com.
- Hotline hours are Monday 9:00AM - 11:00AM and again from 1:00PM - 3:00PM, Wednesday 9:00AM - Noon and 1:00PM - 4PM, Thursday 1:00PM - 4:00PM, and Friday from 9:00AM - Noon. If you are unable to come in or call during those times, or if a Master Gardener is not available, we will hold your question for the next available Master Gardener. The hotline will remain open on a daily basis until mid-October. From mid-October through mid-April, questions will be answered on a weekly basis depending on the availability of Master Gardener volunteers. The hotline can be reached by phoning 724-654-8370 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.