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Landscape Message: Jun 19, 2020

June 19, 2020

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.

UMass Extension has developed a listing of resources for commercial horticulture operations in Massachusetts to help keep you informed and aware of relevant policies and best practices for landscapers, turf managers, arborists, nurseries, garden centers, and greenhouse producers.

For our COVID-19 Information and Support for Landscapers, Nurseries, Turf Managers, Garden Centers, Arborists, and Greenhouse Operations in Massachusetts, go to

The Landscape Message will be updated weekly in June. The next message will be posted on June 26. To receive immediate notification when the next Landscape Message update is posted, be sure to join our e-mail list.

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

Landscape Turf

Additional Resources

To receive immediate notification when the next Landscape Message update is posted, join our email list by emailing your request to with Subscribe Greeninfo in the subject line, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For a complete listing of upcoming events, see our upcoming educational events

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 our 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 at

New Online Offering from UMass Extension’s Pesticide Education Program:

Are you looking for continuing education contact hours and the 2020 Pesticide Recertification Workshops from UMass Extension’s Pesticide Education Program? Topics include MA Pesticide Laws and Regulations, Pesticide Respirator Fit Test: Train the Trainer, Pesticides and Impacts on Wildlife, Fungicides: Modes of Action and Resistance Management, and more! Cost is $40 per person, per 2.5 hour workshop. To register and to find out more information, visit:

Current Massachusetts and University policies have the effect of temporarily suspending most of the on-campus services that we provide, including but not limited to:

  • Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab
  • Plant Disease Diagnostics Lab
  • Weed, Insect, Turfgrass, and Invasive Plant Identification

Until further notice, please do not send or deliver samples to the campus, as we cannot process them.

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 . No samples are being accepted at this time.

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. No samples are being accepted at this time.

Due to unprecedented circumstances of the global pandemic, the University of Massachusetts has mandated work furloughs for all university staff. Unfortunately this order comes at the annual peak of tick activity, and hence TickReport testing will not be available during the furlough. Effective at 11:59PM on 3-June-2020, until 12:01AM on 19-June-2020, TickReport will not be accepting new orders. For a full statement from TickReport, please visit: . Please contact TickReport with further questions and updates on the status of their service.

Ticks are active any time that temperatures are above freezing! 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