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  • May 18, 2020 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    UMass Extension HortNotes for this week is full of info on common hydrangea pests, COVID-19 info for the hort trades and more.

  • April 30, 2020 3:45 PM | Anonymous


  • April 26, 2020 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    Designing with Nature on Cape Cod and the Islands

    Jack Ahern, Professor of Landscape Architecture, UMass Amherst 

    This talk will explain how to preserve the special environmental and visual character of the Cape and Islands through an “ecologically-based” approach to landscape design. This approach starts with an understanding the Cape and Islands’ native plants and plant communities, which are well-adapted to local soils and growing conditions.  Ahern will discuss how these plant communities can be designed for landscapes where people live, learn, work, and play.  His approach will be illustrated with examples of landscapes on the Cape and Islands that have applied this approach.  The talk is a preview of Ahern’s upcoming book “Designing with Nature on Cape Cod and the Islands”. 

    Below is a link to Cape Cod Beer's website where people can register for this free presentation:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-clean-water-wednesday-native-landscaping-with-jack-ahern-tickets-103151234118


  • April 26, 2020 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    InsectXaminer Episode 2 is Now Available!

    https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/education-events/insectxaminer  

    A free short video series highlighting the incredible world of insects! 

    The InsectXaminer short video series hopes to increase the visibility of the beautiful world of insects, even those we consider to be pests in our managed landscapes. InsectXaminer will showcase the complexity of insect life cycles, cataloging as many life stages for each species as possible. The goal of this series is to provide professionals and land managers with footage that is helpful for learning the identification of insects throughout the season, rather than at any single point in their life cycle. Proper identification is key to successful management. If possible and caught on camera, important aspects of their biology and natural enemies will be revealed.

    Join UMass Extension as we observe these incredible organisms and look into a world that, while it happens all around us, sometimes goes unseen! 

    Now is the time to scout for lily leaf beetle adults! As soon as host plants break through the ground (Lilium spp. and Fritillaria spp.) and leaves are available, overwintered and bright red adult lily leaf beetles will begin to feed on foliage. Check out Episode 2 of InsectXaminer to learn more about the life cycle of this beautiful, but destructive pest of true lilies! 

    Episode 2 - Lily Leaf Beetle (Lilioceris lilii

    Lily leaf beetle was first reported in the United States in 1992 in Cambridge, MA. This invasive insect from Europe and Asia is a pest of true lilies (Lilium spp.) and fritillarias (Fritillaria spp.). Daylillies (Hemerocallis spp.) are not hosts for lily leaf beetle. While this insect can be found on other plants (Solomon's seal, hostas, and others), it is not known to reproduce and complete its life cycle on these species and causes little damage. On true lilies, however, it can be a significant pest and cause extensive damage to many susceptible species and hybrids. Eggs, larvae, and adults are showcased here. Pupation occurs in the soil. An interesting defense strategy of the larvae is shown.

     


  • April 14, 2020 9:54 AM | Anonymous

    Hort Notes for April 2020, UMass Extension

    Articles include a comparison of non-glyphosate herbicides, and COVID guidelines for Mass.


  • April 02, 2020 9:36 AM | Anonymous

    The Department has made the difficult decision to cancel the exams for the next 30 days.  Please find the bulletin which provides more details at the link below and please feel free to share with others. Thank you.

    https://www.mass.gov/doc/pesticide-exams-bulletin/download


    Taryn LaScola-Miner
    Director
    Crop and Pest Services Division
    Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
    251 Causeway Street
    Boston, MA 02114
    (617) 626-1776

  • March 27, 2020 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    The Department has made some changes to the 2020 pesticide credit audit season given the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically, the Department has extended the time that applicators may obtain their credits and have waived the online credit policy for 2020. Please note that while most of the individuals whose three year cycles end in 2020 will end on July 1, 2020, there are a few individuals that end later in 2020. These adjustments will apply to all individuals whose cycle ends in 2020. 

    https://www.mass.gov/doc/pesticide-license-recertification-processes-and-related-impacts-from-covid-19/download

    Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

    251 Causeway Street

    Boston, MA 02114

    (617)626-1776


  • March 24, 2020 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    Massachusetts

    On March 24, 2020 an order issued by the Governor restricting the continued operation of all non-essential businesses in the state became effective.   The order will remain in effect until April 7, 2020.

    The provision that includes landscape services is

    Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, inspectors and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, construction sites and projects, and needed facilities

    In addition, NALP’s position can be read here which identifies the role the landscape industry is playing to protect other essential critical workers while also protecting public health and safety.

    Guidance Document:

    https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services/download

    The Order: https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-23-2020-essential-services-and-revised-gatherings-order/download


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