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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.
June 2, 2017 | Jan Byrne | Scout for four-lined plant bug, spruce spider mite and lecanium scale crawlers.
June 1, 2017 | Duke Elsner | Learn how to monitor monarch butterflies and their habitat in Michigan by attending a free, two-day training session in Lansing on June 10-11, 2017.
June 1, 2017 | Kevin Frank | A long-term strategy to reduce white clover and black medic in turfgrass is to ensure adequate fertility levels.
June 1, 2017 | Terry McLean | Edible Flint's Annual Distribution Day celebrates Flint's abundant food gardens.
May 31, 2017 | Dave Smitley | When to apply grub control products, how reliable they are and why some people are confused about whether they work.
May 31, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | Rhubarb is a much awaited spring treat. Here are some fun facts on growing, eating and cooking with rhubarb.
May 30, 2017 | Robert Bricault | Browning Siberian elms in spring are the result of leaf feeding weevils.
May 25, 2017 | Sarah Rautio | Michigan Master Gardeners in Iosco County developed a lasagna-style heritage garden that is not only sustainable, but beautiful.
May 24, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Use these Smart Gardening practices to have a healthy lawn that is more resilient to potential turf problems.
May 22, 2017 | David Smitley | European crane fly adults have been observed during the last three to four weeks. Here are some tips to prevent turf damage.
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Jun 23, 2017 – Jun 24, 2017 | MSU University Club, 3435 Forest Rd Lansing, MI 48910
Jun 28, 2017 | Midland County MSU Extension Learning Center, 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland, MI 48640
Jul 9, 2017 | MSU North Farm, Rock River Rd., Chatham, MI 49816
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 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