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Army Worms

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In the Fall of 2021, we saw an unprecedented outbreak of Army Worms.  The Northeast had not seen an outbreak for over 40 years.  Army Worms are not a pest usually seen in the Northeast.  We received confirmation from the entomologist from UMass Extension Turf Program, these were indeed Army worms.  The damage was seen [...]
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Emerald Ash Borer

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Emerald Ash Borer was first confirmed in Sudbury, MA in 2020. It looks like blonding from woodpeckers going after emerald ash borer larvae. Treatment, if caught early, can be treated by giving the affected tree extra water and fertilizer to help it recover from the damage, and with insecticides. Insecticide treatment should only be done [...]
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Spotted Lanternfly 

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The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced that a small stand of trees was found to be infested in Shrewsbury, MA (Worcester County) with the invasive spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula; SLF) earlier in January by MDAR surveyors. This is the second detection of a population of this insect in Massachusetts, following confirmation of SLF [...]
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Damage from Voles

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Homeowners are often unaware of the activity occurring beneath the snow, until damage becomes apparent with snow melt in March or April. When the snow recedes and the turf first becomes visible in the spring, vole damage can appear dramatic, especially when coupled with other issues such as low temperature injury or snow mold. Tracks [...]
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Liming

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Lime is a valuable soil amendment that helps plants and lawns flourish by raising soil pH. A low soil pH, or acidic soil, is often the underlying problem when it comes to many common lawn and garden problems. But even with a healthy lawn or garden, liming can improve soil quality, helping plants and grass [...]
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Common Weeds that Grow in Massachusetts

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Clover: Clover is a broadleaf weed. It’s perennial, which means it will come back year after year. Clover grows in lawns and landscape beds. When it blooms, you will see white flowers. The structure of clover allows it to grow well and compete against other weeds. Dandelions: One of the most common weeds we see, [...]
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Is it Crabgrass or Paspalum (Dallis Grass)?

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Crabgrass and Paspalum are invasive weeds that are usually misidentified due to the timing of their growth and appearance. They both appear on your lawn once soil temperatures are ideal for germination/growth to start. As warm season grasses, they need heat and humidity to thrive. Identification Crabgrass is an annual grass. This means it will [...]
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Red Thread

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Red Thread is a foliar disease that does not affect the crown and roots of your lawn, simply put it is merely cosmetic. Symptoms of Red Thread appear as circular, pinkish red to tan patches, 2-4 inches in diameter. The pathogen produces a red or pink like structure which can be seen with the naked [...]
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