Help Desk

The purpose of this page is to provide links for the identification and research common questions such as what kind of weed is that and how to control it or what kind of reptile is that?. Some sites are general in nature, however, sites are selected for information that is specific to our area, if possible. If you can not find the answer through self directed research feel free to call the Forsyth County Extension Office at 770-887-2402. Or you may email your questions with pictures, if available, to us through the “Contact Us” option.

Birds – Waites Whatbird Guide Birds – Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Butterfly List – Georgia Butterfly Id Site
Ferns – Id UGA – How to Id a fern.
Insects and Spiders Insect Guide (PDF) – UGA Insects – Georgia Beneficial
IPM (Integrated Pest Management) UC Davis
Invasive Species – Bugwood – UGA Invasive Species – Invasive Species Plant Atlas
Mushrooms (Georgia)
Reptiles and Amphibians – Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
Wildflowers (US) – main site Thumbnail pictures for 425 GA wildflowers

Lawn and Garden Pests and Diseases

If you are on this page you are probably looking for info about lawn or garden pests or diseases and how they may be controlled or eliminated. The first step is to
properly identify the problem. Once you have eliminated basic issues such as to little or to much water, proper shade vs sun, proper soil and nutrients you are ready to research other causes. Here are are several sites that may be of help to you in identifying the problem and how to resolve the problem.

Plant Pathology – UGA This is an excellent page for determining what may be the issue with a plant. Good pictures of what the symptoms look like on everything from turf, ornamentals to crops.

IPM (Integrated Pest Management) UC Davis
Turf Grass Diseases Id and Control in Georgia
Plant Nutrient Deficiencies
Symptoms of plant nutrient deficiency
Weed Id
Weed Id – how to
Id and control of pond weeds.