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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.
February 20, 2017 | Beth Bishop | Enviroweather seeks input from users as it plans to modernize the website for better and easier use.
February 17, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | Get a sneak peak of the 2017 ColorChoice shrubs to grace your landscape with at the Smart Gardening Conference on March 4 in Grand Rapids.
February 16, 2017 | Kristine Hahn | Here is one way to address the issue of school garden summer maintenance.
February 15, 2017 | Kara Lynch | February 27 is National Strawberry Day, but you should eat them year-round to enjoy their health benefits.
February 10, 2017 | Abi Saeed | Create pollinator-friendly lawns that are inviting to bees and other pollinators.
February 9, 2017 | Bill Cook | Eradicating buckthorn is impossible. However, by taking a serious whack at it, the native plants will sometimes take advantage of the temporary demise of the buckthorn.
February 9, 2017 | Kristine Hahn | School gardens or cooking can be a great way to show students real world application of science skills.
February 7, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | Nationally-known horticulturist and author Linda Chalker-Scott will get to the truth about common gardening myths at March 4 conference in Grand Rapids.
January 30, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Meet Phyllis Johnson, a Master Gardener who coordinates community involvement and garden education to beautify the community of Chassell, Michigan.
January 30, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Register by Feb. 16, 2017, for the Smart Gardening Vegetable Series at the West Michigan Home and Garden Show and get a 20 percent discount. All registrants receive a free pass.
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Feb 23, 2017 – Feb 26, 2017 | Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48347
Feb 23, 2017 | Pond Hill Farms, 5699 S Lake Shore Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Mar 2, 2017 | 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377
Mar 2, 2017 – Mar 5, 2017 | Devos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mar 4, 2017 | DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mar 6, 2017 – Jun 12, 2017 | Verkuilen Building, 21885 Dunham Rd., Suite 12, Clinton Twp., MI 48036
Mar 9, 2017 – Jun 15, 2017 | Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station, 6686 S. Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684