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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 is pleased to announce that they will be accepting new orders for ROUTINE SOIL ANALYSIS and PARTICLE SIZE ANALYSIS orders ONLY, beginning Monday, 7/13/20. Please do not send orders for other types of analyses at this time. Orders should be sent via USPS, UPS, FedEx or other private carrier. The lab office will remain closed to the general public until further notice and hand delivered orders will not be accepted at this time. Processing time will be longer than usual since the lab is operating with reduced staff and staggered shifts. Updates and order forms are available at:

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 curtailed 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.