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Landscape Message: Dec 6, 2019

December 6, 2019

UMass Extension's Landscape Message is an educational newsletter intended to inform and guide Massachusetts Green Industry professionals in the management of our collective landscape. Detailed reports from scouts and Extension specialists on growing conditions, pest activity, and cultural practices for the management of woody ornamentals, trees, and turf are regular features. The following issue has been updated to provide timely management information and the latest regional news and environmental data.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season! This is the final Landscape Message of the 2019 season. It will return in 2020.  Thank you to all of our readers for your support and continuing interest. To receive immediate notification when the next Landscape Message update is posted, be sure to join our e-mail list.
UMass Extension's GREEN SCHOOL is coming in 2020! Every two years, UMass Extension offers it's popular Green School, a comprehensive 12-day certificate short course for Green Industry professionals taught by UMass Extension Specialists and University of Massachusetts faculty. Green School is designed for landscapers, lawn care specialists, nursery operators, sports field managers, public and private grounds managers, arborists and others in the green industry. More details coming soon at When: Oct. 26 - Dec. 10, 2020, twice weekly from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Doubletree Hotel, Milford, MA.
A limited number of seats remain available for the 2020 UMass Winter School for Turf Managers, scheduled for January 6 - February 14 on the UMass campus in Amherst. This nationally acclaimed certificate program is taught by University of Massachusetts faculty and staff. Guest speakers include professional practitioners from various segments of the turf industry. Winter School is especially suited for those who want to take their career to the next level as well as career changers who want to enter the field of turf management. It is an excellent choice for turf professionals in golf, sports, residential and commercial lawns, public and private grounds, and others who seek to expand their knowledge and practical skills, but are unable to schedule a two or four-year degree program. Close-knit classes offer an unparalleled opportunity to network and form lasting relationships with peers. Don't miss your chance to be a part of a nearly century old legacy of top-quality turf management education, UMass Winter School for Turf Managers. For complete information about Winter School and application materials, go to: or, contact Karen White at (413) 545-5202 or Mary Owen at (508) 892-0382

To read individual sections of the message, click on the section headings below to expand the content:

Scouting Information by Region

Regional Notes

Woody Ornamentals

Additional Resources

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For a complete listing of upcoming events, see our Upcoming Educational Events page.

For commercial growers of greenhouse crops and flowers - Check out UMass Extension's Greenhouse Update website

For professional turf managers - Check out Turf Management Updates

For home gardeners and garden retailers - Check out home lawn and garden resources. UMass Extension also has a Twitter feed that provides timely, daily gardening tips, sunrise and sunset times to home gardeners, see

Diagnostic Services

A UMass Laboratory Diagnoses Landscape and Turf Problems - The UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab is available to serve commercial landscape contractors, turf managers, arborists, nurseries and other green industry professionals. It provides woody plant and turf disease analysis, woody plant and turf insect identification, turfgrass identification, weed identification, and offers a report of pest management strategies that are research based, economically sound and environmentally appropriate for the situation. Accurate diagnosis for a turf or landscape problem can often eliminate or reduce the need for pesticide use. For sampling procedures, detailed submission instructions and a list of fees, see Plant Diagnostics Laboratory

Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing - The University of Massachusetts Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory is located on the campus of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Testing services are available to all. The function of the Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory is to provide test results and recommendations that lead to the wise and economical use of soils and soil amendments. For complete information, visit the UMass Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory web site. Alternatively, call the lab at (413) 545-2311.

Ticks are active at this time! Remember to take appropriate precautions when working and playing outdoors, and conduct daily tick checks. UMass tests ticks for the presence of Lyme disease and other disease pathogens. Learn more