Posts Tagged ‘identification’

Squash Beetle and Mexican Bean Beetle – Identification

Q: I found this insect on my squash but it doesn’t look exactly like a ladybug. What is it? A: It’s a squash beetle. This beetle and its larvae love to eat the leaves of squash and cucumbers. Control by...

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Animal, Reptile, Bird and Insect – Books for Identification

I love getting emailed photos of plants and creatures that need identifying. Although I may not be able to ID them at first glance, I can usually find something interesting in one of my reference books. One of my favorite...

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Weeds – Identification with Pictures

Weed control in the landscape is a tough business. You have to know a lot about the weed in question just to get started! As in most situations, a picture is worth a thousand words. Go through the sites below,...

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Turfgrasses (Lawn Grass) – Identifying

Unlike trees, which have distinctive leaves, or blooming plants, which have distinctive flowers, turfgrass identification is much more difficult for the amateur . There are five major lawn grasses grown in Georgia. Following are characteristics that will help you distinguish...

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Hibiscus – Identification

Each year I receive several questions  regarding hibiscus. Tropical hibiscus owners want to know how to bring their plants indoors for the winter and have many concerns about keeping them healthy. Confederate rose growers want to know how to root...

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How To be Sherlock Holmes in the Landscape

I receive more than 5000 emails a year asking my advice on solving landscape problems. I can’t keep all that information in my head so I depend on several websites to give me the first clues to identify the problem...

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Pine Beetle Identification

Pine trees are always subject to insect attack and should be examined periodically to determine if insect problems are developing. Several species of small brown or black beetles are common pests of pine trees. They are often referred to as...

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Termite – Identification

Termites and ants are similar in that both have winged “reproductives.” When you see a swarm, are they ants or termites? To tell them apart, look at their body shape. The ant will have a very distinct neck and waist....

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Hosta – Identifying

Identifying plants is always a challenge. Some, like hosta, have hundreds of varieties. Judy Burns, from the Georgia Hosta Society, sends this note: “At the hosta show last weekend I had a number of folks tell me that they would...

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Snake – Identification

Q: Is there a good resource for identifying snakes? I found a black one on our deck, 12 ft. above the ground! A: My best guess from the snake ID books I have is that your snake is some type...

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Trees – Identification website and book

Q: We had several trees come down in last weeks storm here in Duluth, GA. Can you recommend the best website that provides color photos of trees, their bark and their leaves as we would like to I.D. what may...

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Native Plants – Identifying

Q: I would like to purchase a book about identifying native plants of Georgia which includes pictures of them. Any suggestions? A: Start with these excellent downloadable references: Native Plants of North Georgia – A Photo Guide. Native Plants for...

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Lawn – Weed Identification

Q: I seem to have an inability to match the weeds growing in my yard with the illustrations in books at a garden center. Is there a website of good quality photos of Georgia weeds to compare with the things...

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Plant and Tree ID – Reference Book

Q: Can you recommend a good reference book for plant and tree identification? It doesn’t have to be exclusively for Georgia. A: I really like “A Field Guide to Woody Plants of the Southeast” by Rex Bishop ” (Tea Olive...

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Corn Poppy – Identification and History

Arty’s Garden Corn Poppy – The Poppy of Memorial Day The corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas) gets its name because it commonly grows amid fields of cereal grains such as wheat or oats – sometimes referred to as “corn” in England,...

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Caterpillar Identification Books

Q: We just moved to the Atlanta. Could you tell me the name of the caterpillar book which you mentioned on the radio while discussing caterpillars that sting? I think some of my grandchildren would enjoy it since they’re always...

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