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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.
October 11, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | All-season trees like Sargent Cherry provide interest to your landscape by changing colors throughout all four seasons.
October 5, 2017 | Douglas Landis | Monarch populations are increasing in Michigan, but they are still low due to factors including milkweed quality and predators. We are interested to hear if you’ve seen organisms preying on monarch eggs and caterpillars.
October 5, 2017 | Bob Bricault | Carpenter ants in trees and houses are an indicator of a moisture and decay problem. Locating the problem gives you opportunity to act.
October 4, 2017 | Diane Brown | Join us Oct. 26 in Mason, Michigan, to learn a variety of Asian recipes, how to grow Asian greens and the health benefits of Asian cuisine.
October 3, 2017 | Kevin Frank | Weed, disease and insect control and fertilizer applications are all being affected by the hot, dry weather in September.
October 2, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Knowing which leaves are turning can add to your enjoyment of fall color season.
September 29, 2017 | Jill O’Donnell | Needle drop of conifers in the fall can be a natural process, or it can be a symptom of other pest or cultural problems.
September 26, 2017 | Heidi Lindberg | Two videos and three bulletins provide commercial industry and homeowners with new resources on hemlock woolly adelgid.
September 22, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Early cold followed by warm, dry conditions make color forecasts challenging.
September 19, 2017 | Bindu Bhakta | Register today for this opportunity to learn about inland lakes from MSU Extension and participants across the Midwest.
Find an Expert
Oct 26, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI
Oct 26, 2017 | Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Center, 700 E. Ash St., Mason, MI 45054
Oct 31, 2017 | Flint Farmers' Market 300 E 1st St, Flint, MI 48502
Nov 1, 2017 | Midland County MSU Extension Learning Center, 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland, MI 48640
Dec 5, 2017 – Dec 7, 2017 | DeVos Place Conference Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503