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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.
April 10, 2017 | Terry Davis | Not all the grub control products on store shelves will be effective this spring. Here’s how to choose and use the right one for your lawn.
April 10, 2017 | Diane Brown | Along with lots of showers, April brings two free programs for gardeners covering low maintenance woody ornamentals on April 11, and vegetable gardening and composting tips on April 17.
April 6, 2017 | Alan Jaros | MSU Tollgate Farm is rolling out new Evenings in the Garden spring series starting April 15, 2017.
April 6, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Most trees can tolerate periods of flooding while they are still dormant.
April 6, 2017 | Howard Russell | Pesky red squirrels will feed on spruce buds when other foods become scarce in the winter.
April 6, 2017 | Kevin Frank | Recent rainfall events caused flooding in many lawns and other turf areas. Unless flooding was accompanied by soil deposition, most turf areas should have minimal damage.
April 5, 2017 | Beth Waitrovich | Spring is the perfect time to start planning to preserve some of the fresh produce you grow at home.
April 3, 2017 | Eric Anderson | What are good indicators that it is time to plant crops in spring?
April 3, 2017 | Kaitlin Wojciak | Join local food supporters on June 6 to learn, connect and eat at the All About Food Conference.
April 3, 2017 | Kristine Hahn | Getting student input on what to plant and doing hands-on planning activities is a great way to get them involved.
Find an Expert
Apr 26, 2017 | MSU's Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, MI 49012
Apr 26, 2017 | Washtenaw County MSU Extension Classroom, 705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Apr 27, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337
Apr 28, 2017 | NW Michigan Horticultural Research Center (just north of Traverse City, near Bingham in Leelanau County)
Apr 29, 2017 | MSU's Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, MI 49012
Apr 29, 2017 | The Alpena Mall, US 23 South, Alpena 49707
May 11, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337