Helpline number

Open Monday thru Friday from 10:00am until 2:00pm 

The Helpline of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County is committed to providing horticultural advice to the residents of Essex and Hudson Counties. We advise residents on a wide variety of horticultural concerns, including lawn care, pest control, composting, pruning, and flower and vegetable gardening.

Our volunteers handle telephone queries and walk-ins, but are not permitted to make yard calls. During the growing season, some of the Helpline volunteers are available to answer questions at Farmers’ Markets throughout the County. The staff provides reliable information using Rutgers Fact Sheets, reference books, and industry publications, as well as selling Soil Test Kits and Pesticide Manuals.  We accept cash, checks or money orders only.

Our goal is to provide the caller with accurate information that is supported by the resources and research of Rutgers University. Our callers are never turned away without the advice they seek, or without a referral to a person or place where they can find a solution to their questions.