UGA’s Bugwood Image Cooperative

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There are an infinite number of ecosystems surrounding us at any given moment. Our planet as a whole can be seen as one gigantic ecosystem, which is just a small component of an even larger ecosystem. Every single lawn and landscape is an ecosystem with an infinite number of smaller ecosystems contained within them, as well. These contain a delicate balance of organic and inorganic organisms that are necessary to sustain life at all levels.

UGA initially founded the Bugwood Image Database System in 2001. In February of 2008, it became the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at UGA.

They are focused on providing information and extension programs on invasive pests, forest science, natural resources, image collection, and ag management using science and technology-based applications and graphic design tools. There are very few natural image directories in the world that are as comprehensive as the UGA Bugwood Image Cooperative. It is truly a vast directory of landscape related imagery that can be of tremendous value to homeowners, lawn care services, and the scientific community.

UGA is the administrator of the Bugwood Image Cooperative, which features a prominent network of contributors that provide a vast amount of landscape related imagery and information. Contributors include the University of Georgia, Weed Science Society of America, USDA, U.S. Forest Service, and the Entomological Society of America. The cooperative is able to tap into a vast array of resources to provide communities and turf care professionals with a rich set of visual resources.

Lawn Care & Landscape Imagery & Research

When it comes to yard care, utilizing the extensive data provided by UGA’s Bugwood Image Cooperative can provide the visual-based answers for many of the lawn maintenance and landscape related questions, concerns, or problems you may have. Whether you are a lawn service professional differentiating between crabgrass and Dallisgrass or a homeowner deciding whether the discolorations in your turf is caused by a pest and requires a lawn treatment, the imagery on these pages can help you identify the culprit.

Grasses and Grass-like Plants

There are hundreds of different types of grasses or plants that look like grasses. In these pages, you can identify these grasses and plants. Hundreds of separate entries include the subject name, scientific name, family, and order, and link to more in-depth information including photographs and descriptions.

Broadleaf Weeds, Herbs, and Forbs

You can use these pages to identify broadleaf weeds, herbs, and forbs. The entries are listed alphabetically by subject name and are also divided into scientific names, family, and order. Photos and descriptions give users helpful information to identify species, which can help find and treat problems that may appear in your landscape so you can use the right weed control products in your lawn treatments.


Across the United States, there are hundreds of varieties of shrubs. If you are unsure about what types of shrubs exist in your landscape, these pages can be extremely beneficial. You can use the pictures to help identify specific shrubs as well as relevant information about the particular species.


One of the most prominent features of a property (aside from the home or building) are the trees located on it. The stately landscape feature lends maturity and elegance to a parcel of land. Being able to correctly identify an oak or aspen can be easy enough. However, narrowing down the variety can be a bit trickier, and these pages can be extremely helpful in doing just that. With 147 separate entries that include photographs, you can help pin down an exact identification to better care for your trees.


Insects are the most abundant living beings on the planet. There are estimated to be somewhere just shy of 1 million different insects in the world. Granted, many of those insects live outside of our lawn and garden ecosystems. Still, with so many insects crawling around inside our turf, it is helpful to be able to identify some of them, as well as to determine which ones are harmful and which ones are helpful. These pages break down insects into categories, orders, and related organisms to help you decide which ones can stay and which ones need to be evicted from the premises ASAP.


For farmers, crop disease is one of the biggest concerns during each growing season. Diseases can decimate an entire farm if not identified and treated early. For homeowners dealing with their lawn and landscapes, diseases may not have the same magnitude of weight. Still, that does not mean that diseases should not be identified and treated quickly. These pages allow you to search potential diseases by the part that is affected (roots, stems, foliage, etc) with detailed photos to aid in identification.

Invasive Atlas

Non-native plants can wreak havoc on a local ecosystem. There are a number of reasons why they can be so devastating to the immediate environment and include the lack of natural controls where they are introduced. These pages can help identify non-native plants to help combat harmful species, preserve our natural landscapes and native plants, animals, and other creatures that reside in these environments. If you believe you are dealing with a difficult to kill non-native plant be sure to contact a licensed lawn care service pro that specializes in weed control and has the licenses needed to purchase the herbicides required to kill many of these invaders.

More Research From UGA  (Our Other UGA Lawn Care Research Guide)

UGA also offers a wealth of lawn care related information through their Extension Program that can help you have a green lawn that is perfectly maintained. In this research guide, you will find a wealth of information about lawn fertilization, weed control, pest control, lawn spraying procedures, aeration, and pretty much everything you need to do a great job with your landscape and grass care endeavors.