If you live in Milwaukee County, call to discuss your plant health questions with UW-Extension horticulturists and Master Gardeners. During the Winter months the Horticulture Helpline will not be staffed. Services will still be available for our residents either by phone or via e-mail. Our email is Planthealth.firstname.lastname@example.org and the phone number for the Horticulture Help Line is 414-256-4664.
You can call (414) 256-4664 and leave a message which will be responded to within 1 – 2 business days Provide as much information as you can. Please leave your phone number and/or e-mail address for us to contact you. Email would be preferred especially if you want to attach pictures of the plant you want help with. You can also go to the UW Horticulture website at http://hort.uwex.edu and click on “Ask the Experts”.
Plant and insect samples can be taken to the Milwaukee County Extension Office at 9501 W Watertown Plank Road, Building A, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 Monday through Friday, 8am – 4:30pm. We encourage people to first make contact with us by phone or e-mail before bringing in a sample. The vast majority of plant questions can be answered without a sample. If it is determined that a sample is necessary, arrangements to supply one can be made. Fees are $4 per sample for Milwaukee County residents or $10 per sample for non-county residents and we ask that you provide as much information about the sample as you can. We have forms that you will need to fill out.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.
Or look for the answers to your yard and garden questions through the services and publications listed below.
For horticulture literature, answers to your general gardening questions, plant identification and diagnosis of insect and disease problems, stop by to talk to our Plant Health Advisors and Master Gardener Volunteers. The Horticulture Center is located on the Lower Level of the Boerner Botanical Gardens Education & Visitor Center. Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm (May 1- September 30)
UW-Extension offers a wide variety of publications on yard and garden topics. Most publications can be downloaded for free, but some are only available for purchase. For a complete list, visit the UW-Extension Publications web site.
Garden Facts are a series of free factsheets developed by the Urban Horticulture Team of UW-Extension for home gardeners. They are short, concise and easy to read, with an emphasis on answers to questions that homeowners often ask about horticulture issues. These factsheets may be downloaded and printed from the Garden Facts web site.
What should you be doing in your yard and garden this month? Check the monthly Garden Calendar prepared by Sharon Morrisey, Consumer Horticulture Agent. You can view past segments on the FOX 6 website Gus’ Garden Archives.
Request a soil test mailer kit by contacting the UW Plant & Soil Analysis Lab directly. Go to the Soil Lab web site where you will find info-sheets, instructions, and lists of fees and services offered by the Lab. You can fill out the forms online or download them and submit your sample by mail. The basic lawn and garden soil test for Wisconsin residents is $15.00.
Check today’s weather and the 7-day forecast for Milwaukee at the National Weather Service web site.
Find more answers to your yard and garden questions at the web sites listed in our Horticulture Help Links.