Gardeners aim to grow good produce or nurture lovely lawns and landscaping. “Smart gardeners” obtain those goals with earth-friendly techniques that can save money. Our advice is based on science performed at Michigan State University or other land grant universities.
Don't forget to check out our Smart Gardening resources, which includes tip sheets and informational videos.
- Mow at the highest setting to promote deep roots, avoid grub damage and crowd out weeds.
- Mulch leaves and grass clippings into lawn to recycle nutrients.
- Learn how to have a smart lawn.
- Select well-adapted or native plants, trees and shrubs to simplify meeting the plant’s needs.
- Learn how to select smart flowers and trees/shrubs.
- Don’t guess, soil test to ensure an effective balance of nutrients.
- Learn how to test and build smart soils.
- Select the right vegetables for your location. Sunlight, water and good soil are essential for growing good vegetables.
- Learn how to plant a smart vegetable garden.
Smart gardening to protect pollinators
- Watch a webinar on smart gardening for bees from MSU entomologist Rufus Isaacs.
- Read an article on how to protect bees in your yard and garden from MSU entomologist Dave Smitley.
July 26, 2016 | Doug Landis | Monarch populations appear to be down this year in Michigan. Here’s why and what you can do to help.
July 25, 2016 | Diane Brown | Don’t spoil your summer fun by coming in contact with poison ivy; learn to identify it so you can avoid it.
July 21, 2016 | Rebecca Krans | Register now for the Master Gardener Program in Escanaba, Michigan, starting Aug. 25, 2016. Online registration is required by Aug. 11, limited and partial scholarship application are required by July 29.
July 19, 2016 | Erik Runkle | Growers, retailers and landscapers of ornamental plants are invited to this annual event Aug. 2, 2016, to learn about new plants and how they perform in gardens.
July 19, 2016 | Gretchen Voyle | Milkweed is not just for monarch butterflies – milkweed tussock moths are also a frequent diner.
July 15, 2016 | Michelle Walk | Renowned Small Farm and Organic Expert, Eliot Coleman to Speak at Local Food Conference
July 15, 2016 | Kevin Frank | The MSU Turfgrass Field Day includes presentations and workshops covering golf, lawn and athletic field research.
July 12, 2016 | Doug Landis | Register to attend this Aug. 2, 2016, field day where MSU researchers will demonstrate optimal plants for season-long support of crop pollinators and biocontrol agents.
July 12, 2016 | Laurie Messing | Michigan grown plums will soon be ready.
July 12, 2016 | Beth Bishop | Two new Enviro-weather stations have been added in Oceana County in 2016.
Find an Expert
Jul 30, 2016 | UP Research and Extension Center, E3774 University Dr., Chatham, MI 49816
Aug 2, 2016 | MSU Campus Plant & Soil Sciences Bldg. (1st floor), 1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI 48823
Aug 2, 2016 | Clarksville Research Center, 9302 Portland Road, Clarksville, MI 48815
Aug 3, 2016 | Saginaw County MSU Extension One Tuscola Street Suite One Saginaw, MI 48607
Aug 4, 2016 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377
Aug 8, 2016 | MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377
Aug 11, 2016 | Isabella County Building, Room 320 200 N. Main Street Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858