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Answer Clinic

Program Contact: Beverly Sarles, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
(509) 447-6453 •

Have a Plant Problem? Need a Soil Solution? Insect to ID?

Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners are available to help with sustainable garden and landscape advice, problem diagnosis and solutions, plant and insect identification, integrated pest management, soil/composting information, and more! Whether you need advice on what plants grow well locally, where to locate a greenhouse, how to improve your soil or help identifying that mystery insect, contact us! Your WSU Master Gardeners have years of Pend Oreille gardening experience and are waiting in the wings to help you count all your gardening and landscaping projects as successful.

Email Clinic

Icon with arrow pointing at envelopeYour gardening questions answered year-round by the Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners

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To help us better diagnose a plant problem, please try to share as much of the following information as possible:

  1. What type of plant is this?
  2. What type of damage are you seeing and when did it start?
  3. Which parts of the plant are affected? (flower, trunk or bark, roots or soil line, leaf, stem, fruit, etc.)
  4. Method of plant watering? How much and how often? (hand watering 2x a week or drip irrigation daily for 10 min.)
  5. Where is the plant located? Is it in full or partial sun, facing which direction?
  6. Sharing photographs of your plant problem, plant identification or insect identification is helpful.

To help us better diagnose an insect problem, please include a photo of the entire insect, a photo of where the insect was found and include a measured length in your email.

The types of photos that will show evidence of a problem and will help us to make the correct diagnosis or identification…

  • Include photos of the buds, stems, leaves and flowers to help with plant identification if necessary.
  • Show the damaged or problem plant in the landscape along with other plants to provide additional clues to the probable cause of the problem.
  • Clearly show the base or root flare of the plant at the soil line to display any potential root issues.
  • Clearly show both live branches/limbs and leaves, and dead or dying branches/limbs and leaves to help us determine the spread.
  • Clearly show the margin between affected and healthy tissues. Include healthy tissue as well as diseased tissue in the photo so a comparison with the “normal” plant is possible.
  • Show the insect that is the suspected culprit in the damage. Include photos of the kinds of damage you are seeing.


In-Person Plant Clinics

Icon of three people with red borderNo In-Person Clinics  for the Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners are scheduled at this time. Please submit all gardening, plant or insect ID questions via the Email Answer Clinic per the instructions above.