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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.
July 14, 2017 | Mary K. Hausbeck | Scout and treat now to preserve your crop.
July 14, 2017 | Jill O’Donnell | Storm damage to trees, “weedy orchid”, tar spot on maple, slugs, second generation pine needle scale, spruce needle rust.
July 13, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers find solutions to garden problems and share their knowledge of science-based gardening practices.
July 12, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | Colorful Allium can grace the garden even after they bloom with just a can of waterproof spray paint.
July 11, 2017 | Bindu Bhakta | Engage in an activity to enjoy and protect Michigan’s lakes.
July 7, 2017 | Howard Russell | MSU Diagnostic Services reports on insects concerning Michigan residents during June 23 – July 7, 2017.
July 3, 2017 | Mary Hausbeck | Homeowners should be on alert for downy mildew in their garden.
June 29, 2017 | Kevin Frank | The MSU Turfgrass Field Day includes presentations and workshops covering golf, lawn and athletic field research.
June 27, 2017 | Erick Elgin | Safely add water features to your yard without adding risks to the environment.
June 23, 2017 | Bob Bricault | Large numbers of gypsy moth caterpillars strip trees in Mid-Michigan as drought hampers fungal controls.
Find an Expert
Jul 22, 2017 | Independence Oaks County Park Wint Nature Center 9501 Sashabaw Road Clarkston, MI 48304
Jul 22, 2017 | Kent/MSU Extension 775 Ball Avenue, NE Grand Rapids 49503
Jul 25, 2017 | Conference Room E, Administration Building, Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460
Jul 26, 2017 | Flint Farmers Market, 300 E. 1st Street, Flint, MI 48502
Jul 27, 2017 | Portage Township Community Building, W17361 Davis St., Curtis, MI 49820
Jul 28, 2017 | Watersmeet Township Community Center, N4660 US Hwy 45, Watersmeet, MI 49969
Jul 29, 2017 | Frankenmuth Farmers Market 534 N. Main Street Frankenmuth, MI 48732