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Garden Clippings: May is the Month to...
May 2, 2016

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.

Garden Clippings: April is the Month to...
Apr 4, 2016

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.

First IPM Message for 2016 now available

The first IPM report for the 2016 season has been posted.  To view it and past reports, click on IPM Message in the Quick Links on the home page.

Garden Clippings: April is the Month to...
Apr 4, 2016

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.

Spring frost reports now available for cranberry growers
Mar 30, 2016

Frost reports for the 2016 spring season have been posted.  To view them and past reports, click on Frost Tolerance Reports in the Quick Links on the home page.  The Spring Frost Tolerances Pictures fact sheet from 2015 has also been posted in the Fact Sheet Section.

Maple Sugaring: Tapping into climate impacts, study tours, and new grading system
Maple syrup- colors and grades on shelves
Mar 9, 2016

If you are a devotee of New England sugar houses and their distinctive seasonal crop, you may soon be eating your syrup-drenched pancakes along with a side order of concern.

Kristina Stinson, plant ecologist at the University of Massachusetts, recently received a two-year, $149,800 grant to study the impact of climate change on the quantity and quality of sugar maple sap, including its chemical composition.

Pesticide Education Workshops
scouting pests
Mar 8, 2016

UMass Extension Pesticide Education Program has announced 18 pesticide recertification training workshops for dates in March and April across the state.  Follow this link for a list of dates and locations. http://www.umass.edu/pested/recertification/current_workshops.htm  If you have any questions, please call the Pesticide Education office between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (M-F) at  (413) 545-1044.

Zika Virus
Zika virus logo
Mar 7, 2016

The Zika virus has been in the national news in recent weeks, and many people are wondering whether this disease is likely to become established in Massachusetts. According to Dr. Stephen Rich, Director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, it is highly unlikely that citizens of Massachusetts will contract the disease while in Massachusetts.

Garden Clippings: March is the Month to...
Pruning bushes
Mar 4, 2016

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.

2016 Mass Aggie Seminars
Green grapes
Feb 26, 2016

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.

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