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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.
September 22, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Early cold followed by warm, dry conditions make color forecasts challenging.
September 19, 2017 | Bindu Bhakta | Register today for this opportunity to learn about inland lakes from MSU Extension and participants across the Midwest.
September 18, 2017 | Julianna Wilson | September 2017 update on why and how to report sightings of brown marmorated stink bugs to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
September 15, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Participants will learn about healthy soils, season extension, helpful tips and tricks for vegetables, and gardening for pollinators and beneficial insects.
September 12, 2017 | Beth Clawson | Aquatic invasive species super plants! Withstanding acidic soil, variable light conditions, flooding and, multiplying beyond control in a single year.
September 5, 2017 | Bob Bricault | Apple scab fungus on crabapples has left trees with few leaves, but the tree is not dying.
August 23, 2017 | Kevin Frank | Stretches of dry and hot weather this summer resulted in some lawns being stressed and slow to recover. As Labor Day weekend approaches, a fertilizer application will ensure the turf maintains density and competes with pests such as weeds and rust.
August 23, 2017 | Kevin Frank | September is the ideal time for seeding turfgrass in Michigan.
August 14, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | If you haven’t heard of Michigan State University Extension’s Smart Gardening initiative, its goal is to promote earth friendly and sustainable practices that will save gardeners time, effort and money.
August 10, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Online registration extended to Aug. 15 for Master Gardener Program offered in Marquette, Michigan.
Find an Expert
Oct 26, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI
Oct 26, 2017 | Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Center, 700 E. Ash St., Mason, MI 45054
Oct 31, 2017 | Flint Farmers' Market 300 E 1st St, Flint, MI 48502
Nov 1, 2017 | Midland County MSU Extension Learning Center, 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland, MI 48640
Dec 5, 2017 – Dec 7, 2017 | DeVos Place Conference Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503