UGA Extension Office

Sending Photos for Diagnosis/ID

If you have questions about your lawn, garden, insects, or other landscape issues, please send photos along with your question(s) to our ANR Agent.  Most issues/identifications can be diagnosed with good photos. Once the agent has your photos and questions, she will be able to assist you.

What the Agent Needs

Taking good images is vital to proper identification or diagnosis. Image submissions should include:

  1. Close-ups of the problem or specimen for ID. This would include things like a branch of a plant that clearly shows a leaf pattern, or the head, body, wings or other unique part of an insect.  It is ok to take 2-3 photos if different areas of an issue need to be shared.
  2. Also include a photo that represents the ‘big picture’ or surrounding conditions. An example would be the grass surrounding a problem area that includes the problem area, the full images of an insect or plant, showing the top and underside views, along with any distinctive colorations or patterns.
  3. For identification purposes, it is often helpful to place a ruler alongside the subject to show size. You can also use other common items such as a coin or ink pen.
  4. In the case of insect damage, take a photo of the insect, damage, and mound/nest if possible.  Be clear if you are wanting ID, control methods, or both.
  5. Specifically for tree issues – pictures needed are: close-up of problem area, pic of whole tree and surroundings, pic that shows canopy well, pic that shows trunk and root flare. (Definitions – Canopy is the uppermost part of the tree made up of branches and leaves; Trunk – the main stem apart from limbs and roots; Root Flare – the area around the base of the trunk where support roots emerge.)

Images alone may not provide enough information. Please include some of the following information, questions you have, and descriptions.

For Plants and Trees

  1.   Specify type and variety if known
  2.   Date planted (approximately)
  3.   Approximate height
  4.   Plant location/conditions – sun, shade, wet, dry, soil type
  5.   Irrigation method and how often
  6.   When was problem first noticed
  7.   Fertilization – methods, product used, how often/when last applied
  8.   Other chemical applications – product used, when last applied

For Insects and Other Pests

  1.   What areas are affected?
  2.   Where was the insect found?
  3.   What is it doing (if still alive)?
  4.   How many are there?
  5.   Be clear if you are wanting ID, control methods, or both.

How to Send Photos and Questions to the ANR Agent Using a Smartphone:

Please send photos and questions to MC Halbrook:

Text: 912-580-0256


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