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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.)

Do you have a question on a home garden topic?

  • Check out the links below for fact sheets, services, and additional resources for home gardeners.
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Online Fact Sheet Series

Browse over 150 home garden facts sheets from UMass Extension

Growing Your Own Food with Franco and Beto

Food Gardening in Massachusetts 2020 Series

With the uncertainties around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economy, growing your own food is appealing as a way to help alleviate food insecurity, do something fun that is compatible with social distancing, and produce healthy and nutritious food! Join us, and primary authors Frank Mangan and Heriberto Godoy-Hernandez, for this series of weekly articles which provide research-based information in English and Spanish on how to grow your own vegetables and herbs in Massachusetts.


Hort Notes: Clippings from the Garden

Starting in 2020, as we strive to make access to science-based information easier for all, we have combined aspects of Garden Clippings (our horticultural newsletter for home gardeners) with our Hort Notes newsletter to provide one-stop shopping for all of your educational needs!

Hort Notes: Clippings from the Garden is our monthly newsletter for landscapers, grounds managers, arborists, and other green industry professionals with the understanding that home gardeners may also look to this publication for information as well. Emailed monthly, this newsletter will include alerts to emerging landscape insect and disease problems while providing timely Integrated Pest Management strategies, and emphasize timely plant health care practices and problem-solving information.

Hort Notes: Clippings from the Garden is created by the specialists of UMass Extension's Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program. To be added to the email list to receive a monthly reminder for each new issue, send your request to eweeks at with subscribe Clippings in the subject line.

Current and back issues of Hort Notes: Clippings from the Garden

Back issues of Garden Clippings


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. 

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