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Home Lawn and Garden

Let our gardening information help with your questions!

Gardening and taking care of a home yard and lawn have long been important parts of life for families in Massachusetts and across the country. Many people have a tradition of coming to their Cooperative Extension when they have a pressing question to ask or need to find a service like soil testing. We hope that the resources you will find on this page will help with many of those needs. (If you still need to ask us a question after viewing all of these great fact sheets and other resources, we’ll do our best to help you, but please be patient if we take a little time to respond.)

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Online Fact Sheet Series

Browse over 150 home garden facts sheets from UMass Extension


Garden Clippings

The Garden Clippings newsletter is created for home gardeners by the experts of UMass Extension's Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program. It is delivered via email on a monthly basis during the growing season. For more information, contact the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program at 413-545-0895.

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Resources and Services

  • Plant Problem Diagnostics
    UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab
    This Lab provides reliable and prompt diagnosis of plant problems in turfgrass, flowers, vegetables, ornamental plants and trees.
  • Tick Testing
    The UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology will assess specimens to determine whether they are black legged ticks (deer ticks), and if so, will determine whether or not they carry the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease. The test can detect the Lyme disease pathogen from a single tick.