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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.
July 13, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers find solutions to garden problems and share their knowledge of science-based gardening practices.
July 12, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | Colorful Allium can grace the garden even after they bloom with just a can of waterproof spray paint.
July 11, 2017 | Bindu Bhakta | Engage in an activity to enjoy and protect Michigan’s lakes.
July 7, 2017 | Howard Russell | MSU Diagnostic Services reports on insects concerning Michigan residents during June 23 – July 7, 2017.
July 3, 2017 | Mary Hausbeck | Homeowners should be on alert for downy mildew in their garden.
June 29, 2017 | Kevin Frank | The MSU Turfgrass Field Day includes presentations and workshops covering golf, lawn and athletic field research.
June 27, 2017 | Paige Filice | Safely add water features to your yard without adding risks to the environment.
June 23, 2017 | Bob Bricault | Large numbers of gypsy moth caterpillars strip trees in Mid-Michigan as drought hampers fungal controls.
June 20, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | It’s not too late to plant zinnia seeds for late summer color that will last until the first frost. They also make an incredible cut flower with a long vase life.
June 19, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Smart Gardening practices for growing herbs in your home garden.
Find an Expert
Aug 22, 2017 – Dec 5, 2017 | Wayne County Community College District, University Center, 19305 Vernier, Harper Woods, MI 48225
Aug 24, 2017 | Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E Ash St., Mason, MI 48854
Aug 24, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48337
Aug 24, 2017 – Dec 7, 2017 | Heritage Church - Imlay City Campus, 543 N. Cedar St. (M-24 and M-55), Imlay City, MI 48444
Aug 24, 2017 | Frankenmuth Farmers Market, 534 N. Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48732
Aug 24, 2017 – Nov 30, 2017 | MSU Extension Jackson County Extension Office, 1715 Lansing Ave, suite 257, Jackson, MI 49202
Aug 29, 2017 | MSU Extension Offices, 21885 Dunham Road, Door E, Clinton Twp MI 48036