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University of Nevada, Reno Extension has experts in agriculture; children, youth and families; community and economic development; health and nutrition; horticulture; and natural resources.

Our experts answer questions online through Ask An Expert in two groups. This group is for questions that are not related to horticulture. Our group that handles questions related to horticulture is

When asking a question of either of our groups, please choose your county and enter as much relevant detail about your question as possible.

(This group currently has 2 experts available to answer questions)

Questions asked to this group

Spider ID

What kind of spider is this?

White Pine County Nevada Posted 5 days ago

Soil testing

how do i get my soil tested here in Reno

Washoe County Nevada Posted 26 days ago


When and how should Oleanders be trimmed? I live in Mesquite, NV

Clark County Nevada Posted 29 days ago

Cedar Trees Dying

A gentleman has 2 rows of 4 cedar trees, 2 in one row next to each other have died, slowly over 2 years. Now more are turning brown from the top, down. The trees are given a grass fertilzer, once a year and flood irrigated with well water twice a week. The trees are not in the lawn and nothing has been sprayed around the trees. No weed and feed used on the lawn. The trees are 8-9 years old, transplanted 4 years ago and up until 2 years ago, doing fine.

Elko County Nevada Posted about 1 month ago

Galls on Leaves on Trees in Water Canyon - Humboldt County, NV

An Extension customer has brought in some leaves from some trees in Water Canyon, Humboldt County, Winnemucca, NV - most all of the leaves brought in and many of the trees in the area she reports as having the same galls at the base of the leaves where they meet the stems. What kind of insect infestation causes these? And since this is public land who does she report it to?

Humboldt County Nevada Posted about 1 month ago

Plum Tree Problem

My plum tree has leaves turning black and brown. The stems have a woody look and a grayish in color with some whitish. The stems have turned very woody, dry, brittle leaves curling. I have sprayed the tree with Sevin and at another time even used a fungicide. The fruit is good. I have not made any changes in watering. The ends of the branches are affected. Problem is not on one side of the tree or anything. Any ideas on the problem and treatment?

Humboldt County Nevada Posted about 1 month ago

Cottonless Cottonwood trees .

I have Cottonless Cotton trees that have bores and are dying. Can I kill the bores?

Churchill County Nevada Posted about 1 month ago

Other insect pests

What other insects should I look for to prevent damage to my apples and pears?

Lander County Nevada Posted 2 months ago

Hawthorne Tree Problem

Inez is seeking help with her Hawthorne tree the leaves appear to be shriveling and failling. Attached are pictures. Please respond directly to Inez's email for additional questions.
Thank you

Humboldt County Nevada Posted 3 months ago

Wilted leaves

Over half of the leaves on my lilac bush are wilted and curled. I don’t see any evidence of bugs or mold. I just can’t figure out what to do about this. We are watering 3times a week.

Nevada Posted 3 months ago