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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.
March 23, 2017 | Kevin Frank | When is the correct time to apply crabgrass pre-emergence herbicides?
March 22, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Attend free Smart Gardening presentations, win garden door prizes and learn how to help native pollinators in your backyard at the Kiwanis Noon Home and Garden Show April 7-9, 2017, in Escanaba.
March 16, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | Bare root perennials feature several advantages for gardeners over container-grown plants.
March 15, 2017 | Diane Brown | Welcome spring and receive great Smart Gardening tips to save you time and money at the Lansing Home and Garden Show, March 16-19, 2017.
March 14, 2017 | Diane Brown | Start peppers, eggplant and tomatoes indoors now to enjoy an early harvest this summer.
March 10, 2017 | Bob Bricault | Michigan holly provides a colorful display in the winter landscape and a late-season food source for birds.
March 10, 2017 | Bill Cook | There are millions of plants that could potentially be planted in woodlands, gardens and around residences. Nativity is one factor in selecting species, and exotic is not necessarily a bad choice.
March 10, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Use caution when dealing with downed trees and limbs and don’t hesitate to call a professional.
March 6, 2017 | Kristine Hahn | How did farmers grow food before there was synthetic fertilizer?
March 1, 2017 | Kristine Hahn | Come to Starting and Sustaining a School Garden Conference to get your garden off to a great start and keep it on track.
Find an Expert
Mar 25, 2017 | Oakland County Executive Office Building (EOB), 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd., Bldg. #41W, Waterford, MI 48328
Mar 27, 2017 | MSU Extension Office, Entrance E, 21885 Dunham Rd, Clinton Township, MI 48036
Mar 28, 2017 | Max Thompson Family Resource Center, 11370 Hupp, Warren, MI 48089
Mar 28, 2017 | MSU Extension, Entrance E, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036
Mar 30, 2017 | 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377
Mar 31, 2017 | Okemos Conference Center, 2187 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864
Apr 5, 2017 – Apr 6, 2017 | Michigan State University Extension, Alger County Office, E9526 Prospect Street, Munising, MI 49862