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UMass Extension Landscape Message September 18, 2020

Landscape Message: September 18, 2020

Happy Fall Equinox!

UMass Extension's Landscape Message is an educational newsletter intended to inform and guide Massachusetts Green Industry professionals in the management of our collective landscape. Detailed reports from scouts and Extension specialists on growing conditions, pest activity, and cultural practices for the management of woody ornamentals, trees, and turf are regular features. The following issue has been updated to provide timely management information and the latest regional news and environmental data.

The Landscape Message will be updated monthly October through December. The next message will be available on October 2. To receive immediate notification when the next Landscape Message update is posted, be sure to join our e-mail list.


Environmental Data

The following data was collected on or about September 16, 2020. Total accumulated growing degree days (GDD) represent the heating units above a 50° F baseline temperature collected via our instruments for the 2020 calendar year. This information is intended for use as a guide for monitoring the developmental stages of pests in your location and planning management strategies accordingly.

Updated as of 9/17, this map shows 4 categories of drought plaguing MA:

Water use restrictions, bans and emergencies are still in effect in a great many towns. Updated regularly, check the MassDEP map: