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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.
April 24, 2017 | Beth Bishop | Use MSU Enviroweather to answer the question, “How much rain have we had?”
April 24, 2017 | Kittie Butcher | Gardening with children provides them with skills to help your child’s development. You and your children will enjoy every stage of the process.
April 21, 2017 | Howard Russell | Ground nesting, solitary bees are important early-season pollinators. Only use cultural control methods to control them.
April 21, 2017 | Howard Russell | Three additional populations of brown recluse spiders have been confirmed in Michigan since 2011.
April 20, 2017 | Diane Brown | Also known as fig buttercup, lesser celandine forms dense mats that outcompete other plants and is adapted to many growing environments.
April 19, 2017 | Beth Bishop | New maps provide more accurate and extensive growing degree-day information to users making pest and crop decisions.
April 18, 2017 | Aaron Hathaway | Not every Roundup is the same. Read the label and follow directions to ensure you’re picking the correct product for your intended use.
April 13, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | Flowers like yarrow, columbine and foxglove are easy to grow and care for, have excellent vase life and there are many varieties from which to choose.
April 13, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | Flowers like peony, zinnia and marigold are easy to grow and care for, have excellent vase life and there are many varieties from which to choose.
April 13, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | When growing flowers for cutting, focus on a garden that will provide you with a good supply of flowers throughout the season.
Find an Expert
Apr 26, 2017 | MSU's Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, MI 49012
Apr 26, 2017 | Washtenaw County MSU Extension Classroom, 705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Apr 27, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337
Apr 28, 2017 | NW Michigan Horticultural Research Center (just north of Traverse City, near Bingham in Leelanau County)
Apr 29, 2017 | MSU's Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, MI 49012
Apr 29, 2017 | The Alpena Mall, US 23 South, Alpena 49707
May 11, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337