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CANCELED: Spring Kickoff for Landscapers: UMass Extension's Landscape Education Day

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Event date/time: 
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:15pm
Event location: 
Topsfield Fairgrounds

The Spring Kickoff for Landscapers has been cancelled due to guidance provided by the University of Massachusetts following Governor Baker’s declaration of a State of Emergency on March 10, 2020 over growing concerns about the coronavirus (Covid-19). Please continue to check our website for updates about alternatives for the 2020 Spring Kickoff and other programming from UMass Extension.  

Sustainable landscaping uses multiple management strategies that seek to reduce negative impacts on the environment while maintaining aesthetically pleasing landscapes. Come join us to learn management strategies and practices that you can implement to provide beautiful, functional and environmentally friendly landscapes for your customers. Topics include: how to deal with nuisance wildlife and effective ways to attract and support pollinators in managed landscapes, troubleshooting common diseases of perennials in the landscape, taming the top troublesome insect and mite pests of woody landscape plants, and early season weed management.

Pesticide & Professional Credits

4 pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 36, and Applicators License.

Association credits: 5 (cat 2) CFE, 4 ISA, 1 MCH, 2 MCA, and 2 MCLP. 


This event has been cancelled for 2020.


Lunch will be provided to program attendees free of charge by Northeast Nursery at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. Menu: Italian sausages with grilled onions and peppers on a roll, small bags of potato chips, soda, condiments, and cookies. Attendees with dietary restrictions are welcome to bring their own. 


8:30 AM Attendee Check-In
9:00 AM How to Deal with Nuisance Wildlife in Managed Landscapes
Chalis Bird, Northeast District Wildlife Biologist, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
Although many people enjoy wildlife, some wildlife can cause problems in the landscape by damaging plants and structures in the landscape. This presentation will discuss effective and economically sound and environmentally safe ways of dealing with troublesome wildlife in managed landscapes. 
10:00 AM

Effective Ways to Attract and Support Pollinators in Managed Landscapes
Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society

This presentation will discuss proven ways of attracting and supporting pollinators in managed landscapes. Information provided will include best management practices for pollinators as well as information on plant selection. 

11:00 AM  Break (coffee provided)
11:15 PM

Taming the Top Troublesome Insect Pests of Woody Landscape Plants
Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension Entomologist

This presentation will discuss identification of major insect pests of trees and shrubs in managed landscapes and provide tips on the most effective approaches to manage these pests using non-chemical, reduced risk insecticides, and conventional management options where applicable.  

12:15 PM Lunch (see above)
1:00 PM Trouble Shooting Common Diseases of Perennials in the Landscape
Dr. Angela Madeiras, Plant Pathologist, UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab
Diseases can have a serious impact on the health and attractiveness of perennials in the landscape. In this presentation you will learn how to recognize signs and symptoms, tips for diagnosis, and prevention and management strategies of common diseases of perennials in the landscape.
2:00 PM Break
2:15 PM Early Season Weed Management in the Landscape
Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist
Weeds compete with landscape plants for moisture, nutrients and sunlight and can have a negative impact on the attractiveness of the landscape. This presentation will focus on items associated with landscape weed management that one should be thinking about as we begin a new growing season.
3:15 PM Credits & Adjourn
Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
Contact's phone: 
(413) 545-0895
Contact's email: 
207 Boston St.
Topsfield, MA 01938
207 Boston St. Topsfield MA