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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:

Aug 4, 2016

August is the Month to…

Home lawn and garden tips for the month of August, 2016 include practical and timely advice. Read this monthly resource for drought strategies, managing gypsy moth, adding color to the August garden, and more.

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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