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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.
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.
September 18, 2017 | Julianna Wilson | September 2017 update on why and how to report sightings of brown marmorated stink bugs to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
September 15, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Participants will learn about healthy soils, season extension, helpful tips and tricks for vegetables, and gardening for pollinators and beneficial insects.
September 12, 2017 | Beth Clawson | Aquatic invasive species super plants! Withstanding acidic soil, variable light conditions, flooding and, multiplying beyond control in a single year.
September 5, 2017 | Bob Bricault | Apple scab fungus on crabapples has left trees with few leaves, but the tree is not dying.
August 23, 2017 | Kevin Frank | Stretches of dry and hot weather this summer resulted in some lawns being stressed and slow to recover. As Labor Day weekend approaches, a fertilizer application will ensure the turf maintains density and competes with pests such as weeds and rust.
August 23, 2017 | Kevin Frank | September is the ideal time for seeding turfgrass in Michigan.
August 14, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | If you haven’t heard of Michigan State University Extension’s Smart Gardening initiative, its goal is to promote earth friendly and sustainable practices that will save gardeners time, effort and money.
Find an Expert
Sep 26, 2017 | Flint Farmers' Market 300 E 1st St, Flint, MI 48502
Sep 28, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337
Oct 4, 2017 | Saginaw County MSU Extension 1 Tuscola Street, #100 Saginaw, MI 48706
Oct 7, 2017 – Oct 7, 2017 | Barrett's Garden Center Greenhouse 1033 W Beecher St., Adrian MI 49221
Oct 9, 2017 – Oct 11, 2017 | Park Place Hotel, 300 E. State St., Traverse City, MI
Oct 12, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337
Oct 14, 2017 | Quality Inn 1021 N. State St., St. Ignace, MI 49781