UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program

Spring Kickoff for Landscapers: UMass Extension Landscape Education Day

Event date/time: 
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
UMass Cranberry Station

Every new year comes with its own challenges for successful maintenance of healthy and attractive landscapes. These challenges include variable and unpredictable weather, insect pests, weeds and changing regulations. Join UMass Extension Educators at the UMass Cranberry Research Station in East Wareham for a day of learning about the latest research-based information to help you kick off a successful landscape management season. Topics include new nutrient regulations and BMPs for nutrient management, timely info on insect pests of landscape and urban trees, developing a landscape weed management program, principles of ecological landscaping, and finding the right plant for the right place.


The cost is $75, $68/person for a group of three or more registrations from the same company.

This event has reached capacity and registration is now closed.


9:30 AM Registration
10:00 New Nutrient Regulations and BMPs for Nutrient Management
Mary Owen, UMass Extension
New nutrient management laws for the Commonwealth are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2014. This presentation will provide an update on the new nutrient regulations and information on the BMPs for nutrient management required under the new regulations.
11:00 Timely Insect Pests of Landscape and Urban trees
Richard Harper, UMass Extension
Insect pests can have a serious impact on the health and attractiveness of the landscape. The presentation will discuss insect pest challenges of last season and provide information on how to manage insects pests  in the landscape for the upcoming season.
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch (provided)
1:00 Developing a Landscape Weeds Management Program
Randall Prostak, UMass Extension
Weeds compete with landscape plants for moisture, nutrients and sunlight and can have a negative impact on the attractiveness of the landscape. This presentation will discuss strategies and materials that should be considered when developing weed management programs for the upcoming season.
2:00 Principles of Ecological Landscaping
Geoffrey Njue, UMass Extension
Every landscape is a part of a watershed. Even smaller water sheds are part of larger water sheds. The decisions on how we manage our landscapes can have an impact on the quality of water in our rivers, ponds/lakes and even estuaries. This presentation will discuss basic landscaping principles to help conserve rainfall, reduce runoff and protect water quality.
2:30 Right Plant, Right Place
Russ Norton, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Choosing the appropriate plant for a particular site is one of the most crucial factors to insure the success of a plant in the landscape.  Plants that are not suited to site conditions generally require more maintenance, lack vigor, and have a greater potential for death or need of replacement.  This presentation will cover the site conditions to be aware of and several low maintenance plant choices.


2 pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 36, 40, and Applicators License; valid for equivalent categories in all New England states.

ISA, MCA, MCH, MCLP and AOLCP credits have been requested.

Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
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Contact's email: 
1 State Bog Rd
East Wareham, MA 02538
United States
1 State Bog Rd East Wareham MA