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UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery & Urban Forestry Program

The UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program helps to educate landscape, nursery and turf professionals by providing programs and research-based information on the best horticultural practices and technology for environmental stewardship in nursery and landscape management.

microscope The UMass PLANT DIAGNOSTICS LAB has reopened as of June 22 for plant disease, insect pest and invasive plant/weed samples. At this time, we can only accept mail-in samples; walk-in samples cannot be accepted. Please refer to our website for instructions on sample submission and to access the submission form: Mail delivery services and staffing have been altered due to the pandemic, so please allow for some additional time for samples to arrive at the lab and undergo the diagnostic process. We look forward to resuming activities and diagnosing your plant problems! 

The UMass SOIL & PLANT NUTRIENT TESTING LAB will reopen on June 23, 2020, in order to analyze soil samples that were in process when the lab closed on March 16 and those that arrived after that date. Orders will be processed in the order they were received. Please be aware that we will not be accepting new samples for analysis until the backlog of orders is significantly reduced. Please do not send soil samples for analysis until we are able to accept new orders. For updates and information about available services, please visit:

The TICKREPORT Risk Assessment & Passive Surveillance Program is open and tick samples can be submitted via Please contact TickReport with tick-related questions and updates on the status of their service.

While operations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been significantly reduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMass Extension has developed a listing of resources for commercial horticulture interests in Massachusetts including landscapers, turf managers, arborists, nurseries, garden centers, and greenhouse producers.