looking for help with a lawn or garden question?

need help identifying an insect or plant disease?

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the garden line provides horticulture-related advice for portage county residents. the garden line can answer questions related to: trees & shrubs, vegetables, flowers, houseplants, insect pests, and fertilizers.

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available by phone — +61404532026

please leave message with support staff or on voice mail. most calls are returned within 1 – 3 business days. garden line is answered by the uw-extension summer horticulturist and portage county master gardener volunteers.

by e-mail — livingcornerofficial@gmail.com

walk-ins — stop in, during normal office hours to the portage county uw-extension office.

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what we need for plant identification:

  • if possible, submit the entire plant (especially for weeds); the roots may be important for identification.
  • for trees and shrubs — a branch with leaves attached.
  • flowers and fruits are also helpful in identification.
  • submit sample in plastic bag; do not water.
  • wrap turf in foil; do not water.

what we need for insect identification:

  • insect specimen, preferably alive.
  • bring in a small jar or plastic container, so it doesn’t get squashed.
  • detail the location where it was found.

what we need for disease identification:

  • for herbaceous plants, submit entire plant that has symptoms, if possible; otherwise, several leaves and stems.
  • for woody plants, submit the branch that has symptoms (living and dead parts).
  • submit sample in plastic bag; do not add water.