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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.
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- 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.
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.
December 20, 2016 | Rebecca Finneran | Stop deer damage in your garden or landscape with smart gardening techniques.
December 16, 2016 | Bert Cregg | It may seem like a miracle when your Christmas tree breaks bud and begins to grow while on display, and it is, the miracle of nature.
November 28, 2016 | Sarah Rautio | The health benefits of artichokes go way beyond the dinner table.
November 28, 2016 | Kaitlin Koch Wojciak | There are still opportunities to get in the garden in late fall and early winter.
November 21, 2016 | Meghan Milbrath | Why are so many Michigan pollinator planning efforts being developed? Let’s take a closer look at three programs and plans currently forming.
November 21, 2016 | Terry Gibb | Mulching or composting leaves this fall can reduce waste at the curb and improve your lawn and garden next spring.
November 21, 2016 | Jill O’Donnell | Clean water and plenty of it is the only essential ingredient for maintaining tree freshness.
November 21, 2016 | Jill O’Donnell | Consider these tips for relieving the stress of buying and setting up your farm-grown Christmas tree this holiday season.
November 21, 2016 | Bert Cregg | Enjoy holiday memories for years to come with a living tree.
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