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
- Watch a webinar on smart gardening for bees from MSU entomologist Rufus Isaacs.
- Read an article on how to protect bees in your yard and garden from MSU entomologist Dave Smitley.
June 23, 2016 | Erik Runkle | Greenhouse growers, landscapers and garden center and nursery operators are invited to visit leading young plant growers and the MSU gardens from July 25 to Aug. 5, 2016.
June 17, 2016 | Diane Brown | Herbs are easy to grow and most of them are deer-proof. Plant them now to enjoy their flavor year-round.
June 17, 2016 | Diane Brown | A search for information about past uses for two common lawn weeds yields some interesting results.
June 15, 2016 | Heidi Wollaeger | Greenhouse growers need to be vigilant in scouting for whitefly and be aware that some whitefly populations have been prone to develop insecticide resistance.
June 15, 2016 | Heidi Wollaeger | Greenhouse growers will need to adapt their biological control strategies for thrips with temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
June 13, 2016 | Gretchen Voyle | Rose chafers are popping up across southern Michigan within a week of last year’s engagement.
June 10, 2016 | Gretchen Voyle | Cowparsnip is a common Michigan plant that blooms in early June and is often mistaken for giant hogweed.
June 9, 2016 | Kevin Frank | Mossy stonecrop, commonly called Sedum, can be a difficult weed to remove from lawns.
June 8, 2016 | Ben Phillips | Reduce the confusion about pollinator habitat options with this guide and an upcoming event.
June 8, 2016 | Diane Brown | Learn more about the symptoms of maple leaf blister and maple anthracnose, two foliar diseases of maple trees that can appear in late spring on the same tree.
Find an Expert
Jun 26, 2016 | The North Farm, N5431 Rock River Road, Chatham, MI
Jun 28, 2016 – Jun 28, 2016 | 4-H Center, Lenawee County Fairgrounds, 602 N. Dean St., Adrian, MI 49221
Jun 28, 2016 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377
Jun 28, 2016 | Gladwin County MSU Extension, 555 W. Cedar Street, Gladwin, MI 48624
Jul 19, 2016 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377
Jul 23, 2016 | Independence Oaks County Park, Wint Nature Center, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48304
Jul 25, 2016 | MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377