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
- Flower Fact Sheets (28 topics)
- Fruit Fact Sheets (25 topics)
- Lawn Fact Sheets (45 topics)
- Tree & Shrub Fact Sheets (12 topics)
- Vegetable Fact Sheets (56 topics)
- Wildlife Management Fact Sheets (3 topics)
MassAggies Fruit Growing Workshops
Each year, the UMass Extension Fruit Team and Stockbridge School of Agriculture team up to offer a chance for home gardeners to learn from the experts who work closely with commercial fruit growers all year. Details and registration information for the 2021 MassAggies series (conducted virtually, with materials delivered where applicable) can be found here.
Food Gardening in Massachusetts
Growing Your Own Food with Franco and Beto is a home gardening blog series published by UMass Extension in 2020 with content provided by now-retired Extension Professor of Vegetable Crops Frank Mangan and graduate student Heriberto Godoy-Hernandez. In response to the uncertainties around the Coronavirus pandemic and the economy, the series provided research-based information in English and Spanish on how to grow your own vegetables and herbs in Massachusetts, and was supplemented by some video content shot in Frank's home garden.
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 umext.umasss.edu 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
- Soil Testing
University of Massachusetts Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory
The Lab is located on the UMass Amherst campus and services are available to all. The Lab provides test results and recommendations that lead to the wise and economical use of soils and soil amendments.
- 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.