A version of this article appeared in the Northwest Herald.


Do you have brown patches in your lawn? Dying branches on your tree? Or do you want information on putting your vegetable garden to bed this season or questions on how to use all the leaves that will be covering your lawns?

The U of I Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners offer a free telephone help line, an onsite help desk, as well as an email address for McHenry County residents to ask garden-related questions. By calling 815-338-3737, emailing uiemg-mchenry@illinois.edu, or visiting the Extension office at 1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock, you can ask nearly any gardening, plant or insect identification, pest or disease issues, you also can bring a sample to the office or send a photograph to the email.

The U of I Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners will be available in the office and on the phone in September and October from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays.

The University of Illinois Extension also has an extensive website featuring gardening and horticulture information for homeowners at web.extension.illinois.edu/state/horticulture