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Published June 06, 2009, 01:00 PM

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Warmer weather brings more weeds and more pests. Before you panic, check out these great online diagnostic tools from the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

By: Jaime Chismar, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Warmer weather brings more weeds and more pests. Before you panic, check out these great online diagnostic tools from the University of Minnesota Extension Service. There are tons of photos — yay!

_ IS THIS PLANT A WEED? (www.extension.umn.edu/gardeninfo/weedid/index.html): This site is designed to help you identify and manage common and invasive weeds in Minnesota lawns and landscapes.

_ WHAT INSECT IS THIS? (www.extension.umn.edu/gardeninfo/insectgallery/index.html): From indoor insects to garden pests, this site will help you identify and manage all sorts of beetles, moths and flies.

_ WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY PLANT? (www.extension.umn.edu/gardeninfo/diagnostics/index.html): This site is designed to help gardeners in Minnesota diagnose problems in the yard and garden caused by insects, diseases and nonliving factors.

If Minnesota is just too far from your own garden, Google for your local extension service (usually tied to an area university). Many have very useful Web sites, like this one.

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Greengirls Connie Nelson, Robyn Dochterman and Jaime Chismar are dishin' the dirt from the backyard garden and beyond on their blog: http://blogs2.startribune.com/blogs/greengirls/.

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