UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program

News

EAB adult close-up

The destructive beetle was detected in a trap at the Arnold Arboretum on July 16, 2014, and was confirmed by federal officials on July 18.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released new 2012 Census of Agriculture profiles for all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and more than 3,000 counties in the nation.

Turf and landscape practitioners in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are advised to stay up to date with changing fertilizer and nutrient management requirements. Click here for details.

In the wake of a severe storm or other disaster, landscape considerations are seldom on the forefront.  Prior planning and intelligent design, however, can help to make urban tree plantings more resilient during serious events.

Information about managing winter desiccation injury with anti-desiccant sprays.

White pine blister rust infection on Ribes

Widespread concern now exists that WPBR will once again become a serious threat for the long-term health of eastern white pine in New England.

The UMass Extension Turf Program has reviewed, revised and expanded technical information regarding the management of soil and nutrients in turf systems.

deer tick

It’s important to remember to take steps to protect ourselves from ticks and mosquito bites, as they can carry diseases that make us sick.

Spotted Wing Drosophila numbers continue to increase.  We are consistently catching them in all locations across the state where we have traps.

A questing deer tick

We are seeing a lot of ticks this spring. Those females that survived the winter did not find hosts and are waiting along the trails for a vertebrate to happen along.

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