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UMass Extension and the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment want to see people get their home lawn and gardening questions addressed and be able to access good information. People often turn to Cooperative Extension in their home state when they have such a question; and this is understandable since most state Extension organizations have had a tradition of answering those kind of questions, and many of the organizations still perform that function today. In Massachusetts, UMass Extension has needed to focus resources very carefully and has only limited abilities to address your questions. However, other organizations in the state do help with gardening questions and do a very good job. In addition, we provide online access to very good information that can help you find an answer to your question yourself, online. If, after attempting to find an answer yourself, you still need to ask us a question, we will do our best to help you by responding to your emailed questions.

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Home Lawn & Garden News:

Home lawn and garden tips for the month of May, 2016 include practical and timely advice. Read this monthly resource to know when to set out transplants, harvest asparagus, deal with invasive Japanese knotweed, develop a watering routine, and more.

Home lawn and garden tips for the month of April, 2016 include practical and timely advice. Read this monthly resource to know when to prune, start vegetable and flower seeds, prepare garden soil, make lawn repairs, and plant cold tolerant annuals.

Home lawn and garden tips for the month of March, 2016 include practical and timely advice. Read this monthly resource to know when to prune specific shrubs and trees. Learn when you can force branches, fertilize lawns, and tune up your equipment for the season.

Each year the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the UMass Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment offer a workshop series for homeowners and small scale farmers. All workshops have a hands-on component that will help participants gain new skills that they can use in their own gardens or landscapes. Locations and registration fees vary.

Resources and Services:

University of Massachusetts Amherst resources and services.
(Soil Testing, Plant Problem Diagnostics, Tick Testing)

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  • Plant Problem Diagnostics
    UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab
    This Lab provides reliable and prompt diagnosis of plant problems in turfgrass, flowers, vegetables, ornamental plants and trees.
  • Tick Testing
    UMass Tick-Borne Disease Diagnostics
    UMass Extension, in cooperation with researchers at the UMass Laboratory for Medical Zoology, will assess specimens to determine whether they are black legged ticks (deer ticks), and if so, will determine whether or not they carry the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease. The test can detect the Lyme disease pathogen from a single tick. Analysis for up to ten different tick-borne diseases is also available.

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