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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.
January 26, 2017 | Kaitlin Koch Wojciak | Try seasonal taste testing activities in the classroom to continue learning about Michigan agriculture.
January 25, 2017 | Dave Smitley | Whether you choose weed-free or a more relaxed approach to your lawn, here are some practices that will keep it bee-friendly.
January 24, 2017 | Bob Bricault | Strange egg cases are the over-wintering life stage of the praying mantid.
January 6, 2017 | Duke Elsner | Support monarchs with a season-long display of flowering trees, shrubs and perennials in your yard. Include milkweed for the caterpillars.
January 6, 2017 | Diane Brown | The Capital Area Master Gardeners Annual Winter Symposium is a perfect opportunity to meet with old and new gardening friends, attend great programs and browse a garden marketplace.
January 4, 2017 | Mary Wilson | Join nationally renowned horticulturists and fellow plant enthusiasts at the daylong Plants of Distinction seminar in Novi, Michigan, Feb. 21, 2017.
December 30, 2016 | Beth Clawson | Steaming compost is an indication that there are healthy organisms present. By actively managing your compost you ensure continued decomposition year around.
December 27, 2016 | Rebecca Krans | This series is open to anyone interested in growing vegetables. Early registration is open until Jan. 10.
December 27, 2016 | Mary Wilson | Learn about gardening from MSU faculty and staff and share your knowledge to help individuals and communities grow.
December 20, 2016 | Rebecca Finneran | Nationally-known horticulturists Linda Chalker-Scott and Stacey Hirvela are featured speakers at the 2017 Smart Gardening Conference on March 4 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Feb 21, 2017 – Feb 21, 2017 | Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, 21111 Haggerty Rd, Novi, MI, 48375
Feb 23, 2017 – Feb 26, 2017 | Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48347
Feb 23, 2017 | Pond Hill Farms, 5699 S Lake Shore Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Mar 2, 2017 | 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377
Mar 2, 2017 – Mar 5, 2017 | Devos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mar 4, 2017 | DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mar 6, 2017 – Jun 12, 2017 | Verkuilen Building, 21885 Dunham Rd., Suite 12, Clinton Twp., MI 48036