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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.
May 25, 2017 | Sarah Rautio | Michigan Master Gardeners in Iosco County developed a lasagna-style heritage garden that is not only sustainable, but beautiful.
May 24, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Use these Smart Gardening practices to have a healthy lawn that is more resilient to potential turf problems.
May 22, 2017 | David Smitley | European crane fly adults have been observed during the last three to four weeks. Here are some tips to prevent turf damage.
May 19, 2017 | Bert Cregg | This week’s update discusses mulching trees correctly, frost injury to plants and trees, and seedheads appearing in lawns.
May 17, 2017 | Jim Isleib | Based on your soil type and intended crop, the nutrients recommended by the MSU soil test report may include boron.
May 15, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Damage may look severe, but plants will usually recover.
May 12, 2017 | Howard Russell | Make sure you are using the appropriate timing and treatments when controlling European chafer grubs in turf.
May 11, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | More people are experimenting with growing fresh food with container gardening.
May 9, 2017 | Julianna Wilson | The third week of June 2017 is National Pollinator Week, and Michigan State University’s Department of Entomology will be involved in several events to celebrate our fuzzy friends.
May 8, 2017 | Diane Brown | Nostoc is not easy to control; cyanobacteria have been around for about 3.5 billion years and have survived conditions ranging from volcanoes to the Ice Age.
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May 25, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337
Jun 1, 2017 – Aug 31, 2017 | Online Course
Jun 3, 2017 | VerKuilen Building, Parking lot in back, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036
Jun 3, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, MI 48377
Jun 4, 2017 | MSU North Farm, Rock River Rd., Chatham, MI 49816
Jun 15, 2017 | Midland County MSU Extension Learning Center, 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland, MI 48640
Jun 17, 2017 | Frankenmuth Farmers Market 534 N. Main Street Frankenmuth, MI 48732