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Spring Kickoff for Landscapers: UMass Extension's Landscape Education Days

Event date/time: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Event Type: 
To attend BOTH days: $95/pp; $86/pp when registering 3 or more from the same company.
To attend ONE day: $75/pp; $68/pp when registering 3 or more from the same company.

This virtual education program will equip you with knowledge and skills you can implement in your management program for the upcoming season. Attend either day, or both, with a different set of topics each day.

Pesticide & Professional Credits

Pesticide credit:

  • For Wed. March 29 - 3 pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 36, Dealers, and Applicators License.
  • For Thurs. March 30 - 2 pesticide contact hours for categories 37, Dealers, and Applicators License.

Association credits:  1 MCH, 1 MCA, and 1 MCLP available for each day.  2 ISA credits approved for Day 1 (3/29) only.



8:30 AM 2022/2023 MA Update: Insect Pests of Trees & Shrubs
Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension Entomologist
This presentation will discuss insect pests of trees and shrubs that were reported in 2022 - including but not limited to: scale insects, bark, and ambrosia beetles. Updates about invasive insects to keep your eye on in 2023 also to be provided. Cultural/mechanical management, biological control, and chemical management options to be discussed as time allows.
9:45 AM If You Plant It, They Will Come: Troublesome Insect and Mite Pests of Annuals and Perennials in the Landscape
Dan Gilrein, Extension Entomologist, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
This presentation will review insect and mite pests often seen on landscape annuals and perennials. While many are minor and cause little damage, a few can significantly impact plant health. Dan will also discuss some new pest threats and management options.
11:00 AM Diseases of Trees and Shrubs: Predictions for the Upcoming Growing Season
Dr. Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist
Dr. Brazee will review recent trends in landscape tree and shrub diseases, based on samples submitted to the UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab. Heat and drought have predisposed many woody plants to stress, allowing for attack from opportunistic pathogens. When appropriate, management recommendations will be provided.



8:30 AM Pre-Season Insect Pest Management Review: Old Foes, New Challenges 
Dr. Olga Kostromytska, Extension Assistant Professor and Turfgrass Entomologist, UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture
White grubs are among the most common insect pest challenges and surface feeding insects such as billbugs continue to be a rising problem… one that is frequently misdiagnosed. Hear what to expect in 2023, based on recent population dynamics and abnormal weather patterns, as well as the most current, creative, and effective avenues for control.
9:45 AM Into the Weeds on the Group 4 Herbicides
Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist
Several of the most commonly utilized turf herbicides are categorized in Group 4 by the Weed Science Society of America. Notable examples include 2,4-D; 2,4-DP; MCPP; dicamba; triclopyr; clopyralid; and quinclorac. Key characteristics and the most common use patterns will be discussed to enable more efficient and effective weed management with these materials.
11:00 AM Below the Surface: Where Healthy Turf Meets Healthy Soil
Jason Lanier, UMass Extension Turf Specialist
Healthy soil is the foundation of every successful turf management program, and an indispensable natural resource, as emphasized by the recent release of a Healthy Soils Action Plan for Massachusetts. Learn the fundamentals of how turf and soil interact, and how informed and responsible cultural practices can preserve and advance the integrity and functioning of both turf and soil.
Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
Contact's email: 
Contact's phone on day of event: 
(413) 537-2712
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