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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
- Invite pollinators to your garden or landscape by creating a smart habitat with pollinator-friendly plants and lawns.
- Learn how to protect pollinators using smart gardening techniques.
January 6, 2017 | Duke Elsner | Support monarchs with a season-long display of flowering trees, shrubs and perennials in your yard. Include milkweed for the caterpillars.
January 6, 2017 | Diane Brown | The Capital Area Master Gardeners Annual Winter Symposium is a perfect opportunity to meet with old and new gardening friends, attend great programs and browse a garden marketplace.
January 4, 2017 | Mary Wilson | Join nationally renowned horticulturists and fellow plant enthusiasts at the daylong Plants of Distinction seminar in Novi, Michigan, Feb. 21, 2017.
December 30, 2016 | Beth Clawson | Steaming compost is an indication that there are healthy organisms present. By actively managing your compost you ensure continued decomposition year around.
December 27, 2016 | Rebecca Krans | This series is open to anyone interested in growing vegetables. Early registration is open until Jan. 10.
December 27, 2016 | Bindu Bhakta | Keep invasive species like phragmites, Japanese knotweed and others in check with winter mowing.
December 27, 2016 | Mary Wilson | Learn about gardening from MSU faculty and staff and share your knowledge to help individuals and communities grow.
December 20, 2016 | Rebecca Finneran | Nationally-known horticulturists Linda Chalker-Scott and Stacey Hirvela are featured speakers at the 2017 Smart Gardening Conference on March 4 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
December 20, 2016 | Rebecca Finneran | Stop deer damage in your garden or landscape with smart gardening techniques.
December 16, 2016 | Bert Cregg | It may seem like a miracle when your Christmas tree breaks bud and begins to grow while on display, and it is, the miracle of nature.
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Jan 19, 2017 – Apr 20, 2017 | Kalamazoo RESA, 1819 Milham Ave, Portage, MI 49002
Jan 19, 2017 – Apr 27, 2017 | MSU Extension - Genesee County, 605 N. Saginaw Street, Suite 1A, Flint, MI 48502
Jan 21, 2017 – May 20, 2017 | Eastern UP Intermediate School District, 315 Armory Place, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49873
Jan 23, 2017 – May 1, 2017 | Wayne County Community College District, Western Campus, 9555 Haggerty, Belleville, MI 48111
Jan 24, 2017 – Feb 28, 2017 | webinar
Jan 26, 2017 | 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377
Feb 1, 2017 – Feb 2, 2017 | Lake Michigan College, Mendel Center, 2755 E Napier Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022