|I'VE GOT SOME TREES AND SHRUBS IN MY YARD HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE,HOW DO I FIND OUT
|Answer from NGA
October 30, 2009
|Fall and winter are probably the most difficult seasons in which to identify plants. That's because plants are most easily identified by their flowers and their leaves (in that order). You may have to do some research along the way by trying to match what you have in your yard to plants in your local garden center. You can clip some foliage and especially some flowers to take into your local cooperative extension Master Gardener clinic or a well staffed nursery. Make a note about the growth habit of the plant and when it flowers - both those clues will be helpful in identifying them. The University of Illinois Belidere County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners can be reached at (815)544-3710 or stop in at 915 Alexandra Drive in Belvidere with samples of your plants. I'm sure helpful folks there can identify your plants.
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