“Spotted Lanternfly,” First Detection in North American

Penn State Extension Releases, “Spotted Lanternfly” Management Guide The first North American detection of the spotted lanternfly (SLF) was in Pennsylvania in 2014. Although the pest has continued to spread to other states in the Northeast and beyond since then, Pennsylvania remains ground zero for many of the efforts to combat the invader, with Penn State playing a lead role …

Highlights 2021 Golf Classic

         WOW!!  Ideal weather, a large field of happy golfers, both seasoned and ever improving, and great food made for a memorable 2021 MALCP/NESTMA Golf Classic at Butter Brook Golf Club on October 7.  A dedicated golf committee, generous sponsors and resilient problem solvers overcame worker shortages, health issues and supply concerns to score a great day! …

2021 “Virtual” WLCC – Recap

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the 2021 MALCP Winter Lawn Care Conference went “Virtual” with 5-Pod casts available to registered attendees for a 10-day period, 24/7! Meaning, participants were able to view the talks on their own schedule during this time period. The event started January 21 and ran through January 31, and was hosted by Bob Mann, NALP. After …

Now Live! Pesticide Exams at MDAR

“The online pesticide exam is now a reality in MA. It is different than what many of us have experienced over the years. With the COVID phenomenon still with us, the implementation of this new means of taking the exam is the most feasible way of handling all those who are getting their pesticide licenses. This has been in the …

Re-Cap! of MALCP Virtual Annual Meeting

Hi Everyone,   MALCP’s Annual Meeting, though smaller than last year’s, which included the Healthy Soils Listening Session, was a success. People were very engaged and the discussions were lively.  President Steve Bukoff opened the meeting thanking the Board and MALCP’s staff for their dedicated work throughout the year. The 2021 Winter Lawn Care Conference Committee is working on a virtual WLCC. More …

Highlights 2020 Golf Classic

The Butter Brook Golf Course was alight with happy golfers, good food, and some terrific golf shots on October 1, a sunny and typical New England fall seasonal day.  The challenging holes of  “8” and “11” experienced neither a hole in one, nor a drive w/in six inches of the pin, but did produce many memorable drives. Due to the …

Mary Owen retiring / June Update!

Mary Owen, is retiring! Most, if not all, Malcp members know Mary Owen, she is the Cooperative Extension Turf Specialist at UMass, Amherst. Her wealth of knowledge on Turf has assisted turf professionals and the public for decades. She served on Malcp’s Board guiding us in various major endeavors throughout our history. Mary’s knowledge of current happenings in turf, her relationships …

REOPENING OF MASSACHUSETTS, from the office of Governor Baker

Hello MALCP:  Most of our members have been working as Essential Services since the first round of COVID-19 designations. Governor Baker issued the following Reopening announcement. There has been some confusion. We felt it was important to keep you informed about the latest round and the resources available. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks Karen _______________________ REOPENING …

Notice from MDAR: Temporary PESTICIDE LICENSE available

“On March 10, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration declared a state of emergency due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Administration has advised that gatherings of 10 or more people be discouraged to prevent and mitigate the spread of the COVID-19. On March 25, 2020 the Department announced that it was cancelling the pesticide exam for 30-days. This situation significantly impacts pest control …

COVID-19 Operational Guidelines, Update from NALP

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has pulled together a broad collection of important COVID-19 resources including: Operational Guidelines Financial Resources Webinars to keep you in touch with other industry professionals during this time Podcasts, and News NALP website: https://www.landscapeprofessionals.org/Coronavirus Please take the time to digest and implement the materials provided. Keep up the good and necessary focus on strict social distancing and increased …