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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.
August 14, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | If you haven’t heard of Michigan State University Extension’s Smart Gardening initiative, its goal is to promote earth friendly and sustainable practices that will save gardeners time, effort and money.
August 10, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Online registration extended to Aug. 15 for Master Gardener Program offered in Marquette, Michigan.
August 7, 2017 | Mariel Borgman | Find fresh Michigan-grown sweet corn in August and September.
July 31, 2017 | Christina Curell | Common garden practices that you can do to improve your soil health.
July 28, 2017 | Abi Saeed | Monitor lilies throughout Michigan’s growing season for signs of lily leaf beetle larvae, feeding damage or eggs. Take control measures if necessary.
July 28, 2017 | Diane Brown | Bring your garden and menus alive with herbs. Register now for the “Healthful, Homegrown Herbs” workshop Aug. 24 to learn how to incorporate their amazing flavors into your menus.
July 27, 2017 | Aaron Hathaway | Crabgrass has been enjoying the high temperatures in Michigan by invading turfgrass areas.
July 25, 2017 | Diane Brown | Registration deadline for the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program in Mason, Michigan, is Aug. 14, 2017.
July 14, 2017 | Mary K. Hausbeck | Scout and treat now to preserve your crop.
July 14, 2017 | Jill O’Donnell | Storm damage to trees, “weedy orchid”, tar spot on maple, slugs, second generation pine needle scale, spruce needle rust.
Find an Expert
Aug 22, 2017 – Dec 5, 2017 | Wayne County Community College District, University Center, 19305 Vernier, Harper Woods, MI 48225
Aug 24, 2017 | Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E Ash St., Mason, MI 48854
Aug 24, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48337
Aug 24, 2017 – Dec 7, 2017 | Heritage Church - Imlay City Campus, 543 N. Cedar St. (M-24 and M-55), Imlay City, MI 48444
Aug 24, 2017 | Frankenmuth Farmers Market, 534 N. Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48732
Aug 24, 2017 – Nov 30, 2017 | MSU Extension Jackson County Extension Office, 1715 Lansing Ave, suite 257, Jackson, MI 49202
Aug 29, 2017 | MSU Extension Offices, 21885 Dunham Road, Door E, Clinton Twp MI 48036