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Home, Lawn and Garden

Toll Free Lawn and Garden Hotline: 1-888-678-3464 (1-888-MSUE-4MI)

The Hotline is staffed by MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educators and Master Gardener volunteers, the Hotline is available weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. during the growing season (April-September) choose Option #1 for the Lawn and Garden Hotline. During the “off season” (October-March) the Hotline is available 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon choose Option #1 for the Lawn and Garden Hotline.

Genesee County Lawn and Garden Hotline: 810-244-8548

The Genesee County Lawn and Garden Hotline is staffed by a Master Gardener Coordinator and Master Gardener Volunteers. The local Hotline is available for phone and counter service on Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon during the “off season” (October-March) and Monday and Friday during the growing season (April-September). There is a $5 diagnostic fee for analyzing a specimen/sample.

Pesticide Applicator Program: Certification, Training, Exams and Manuals

Certification and Training

Exams are scheduled once a month at the Genesee County MSU Extension Office. To schedule exam or for questions contact Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development  (MDARD) at 1-800-292-3939.

Manuals for Certification Training

  • Training manuals for pesticide applicator certification may be ordered online at the

Home Owner Soil Test Kit

  • Homeowners soil test kit that can be purchased online from  – Bulletin E-3154. Visit for additional information.

Commercial Soil Testing

  • Soil boxes for sample collection CANNOT be ordered on-line but can be purchased at the office at a cost of $12 each. You’ll receive a Soil Sample Information form to complete and send with your samples to the MSU Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory. To understand your soil test results go online at the MSU Soil, contact the MSU Soils Lab or contact our office.

Plat Books

  • 2019 Plat Books are available through the Genesee County MSU Extension. Cost is $30.00 plus tax.  Contact the Genesee County MSU Extension office for information.