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General requirements and care
- Video on mulching to control weeds
- Drought-tolerant plants save water, money and time
- Design a water-smart landscape
- Selecting plants that will succeed on your lakefront
- How to use color in the landscape
- Statewide table for frost-free dates for choosing when to plant
- Light requirements, watering, and soil preparation from eXtension
- Video on summer rose care
- Poinsettia care
- Deer Barriers: Fencing, Repellants, Dog Restraint Systems
What kind of flowers to grow
- Tropical plants
- Identifying plants - USDA plant database
- Selecting, growing and designing perennials
- Growing milkweeds for monarch butterflies
- Wildfire-resistant landscape plants for Michigan
- Deer-resistant plants for homeowners
Native plants in the landscape and garden
- New: Video on matching native plants to your yard’s needs (Downloadable file)
- New: Video on smart reasons to choose native plants (Downloadable file)
- Video on selecting native or well-adapted plants to simplify meeting the plant’s needs
- Native plants can be a smart choice for Michigan landscapes
- Attracting beneficial insects with native flowering plants
- Visit nativeplants.msu.edu for fact sheets about specific plants and to learn about their ecosystem services.
Disease, insect and pest concerns
- Impatiens downy mildew: A curse and opportunity for smart gardeners
- Alternatives to impatiens: Avoid impatiens downy mildew with these alternative plants
- A Pocket Guide for IPM Scouting in Herbaceous Perennials
- Abiotic plant disorders, symptoms, signs and solutions: A diagnostic guide to problem solving
- Broad mites
- Brown marmorated stink bugs: Information for Michigan residents on a new home invader
- Daylily rust
- Gladiolus rust
- Hoary alyssum
- Managing pests around the home
- Managing pests in the landscape
- Interactive Plant Manager is an online diagnostic database for woody ornamentals from Cornell University’s IPM Program.
- Using organic fertilizers - tip sheet from Purdue University
- Reading a pesticide label
- Poison ivy identification and management
August 10, 2011 | Rebecca Finneran | Wood mulch applied too thickly then allowed to dry out may create a water-repellant condition that leads to poor perennial performance and even death.
July 21, 2011 | Mary Wilson | Implementing environmentally friendly gardening practices can avoid waste and help protect water quality.
July 15, 2011 | Dave Smitley | Spray for Japanese beetles when you first find them on your trees, shrubs and flowers, as the odor of crushed leaves from feeding will attract more beetles.
July 14, 2011 | Beth Clawson | Take care of your landscape plants and trees after severe storms, as some injuries could be permanent.
July 13, 2011 | Rebecca Finneran | Insider tips for getting summer-long blooms out of your hanging baskets.
July 11, 2011 | Rebecca Finneran | Choosing a variety of daylily cultivars can stretch your colorful gardening season from June to September.
July 7, 2011 | Bob Bricault | Black vine weevil feeds on the roots and leaves of rhododendrons and many other broadleaved evergreens.
July 1, 2011 | Dave Smitley | Predict insect activity by watching plant development and checking the accumulation of degree days. Here’s how.
July 1, 2011 | Dave Smitley | Avoid pruning your plants in July or August. Unless, of course, you plan on serving pie to Japanese beetles.
September 10, 2010 | Cydney Steeb |