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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.
November 22, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Michigan Christmas tree farms are producing an ever-widening array of tree types, including exotic or lesser-known tree species.
November 21, 2017 | Bindu Bhakta | Annual certification training will be offered March 6-7, 2018 in East Lansing to prepare those working at the water’s edge.
November 20, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Consider these tips for relieving the stress of buying and setting up your farm-grown Christmas tree this holiday season.
November 20, 2017 | Jill O’Donnell | Clean water and plenty of it is the only essential ingredient for maintaining tree freshness.
November 15, 2017 | Nate Walton | Although rare in Michigan, the most hazardous blister beetle species can be irritating to livestock, pets and humans. They are occasional garden pests and handling them too roughly without protection can cause skin blisters.
November 8, 2017 | Eric Elgin | European frog-bit is a prolific invasive aquatic plant that is creating a mess along the shores of the Great Lakes.
November 8, 2017 | Insa Raymond | Add some color to this winter by forcing spring bulbs to bloom indoors and explore the science behind it.
October 27, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | All-season trees like river birch provide interest to your landscape by changing colors throughout all four seasons.
October 19, 2017 | Tracy D’Augustino | Alcona County and Michigan State University Extension are celebrating 100 years since the introduction of Extension to Alcona County in May 1917.
October 17, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | All-season trees like paperbark maple provide interest to your landscape by changing colors throughout all four seasons.
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Dec 5, 2017 – Dec 7, 2017 | DeVos Place Conference Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Dec 5, 2017 | Kellogg Biological Station-Carriage House, 3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Dec 6, 2017 | Kent MSU Extension Office located at 775 Ball NE, Grand Rapids, MI.
Jan 15, 2018 – Apr 23, 2018 | GCCARD Building, 605 N. Saginaw Street (Suite 1A), Flint, MI, 48502
Jan 18, 2018 – Apr 26, 2018 | Bay College West, 2801 U.S. 2, Iron Mountain, MI 4801
Jan 24, 2018 – May 2, 2018 | Washtenaw Western Service Building, MSU Extension, 705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Jan 24, 2018 – May 2, 2018 | Kalamazoo RESA - Wile Auditorium 1819 E. Milham Ave Portage, MI 490