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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 28, 2017 | Abi Saeed | Monitor lilies throughout Michigan’s growing season for signs of lily leaf beetle larvae, feeding damage or eggs. Take control measures if necessary.
July 28, 2017 | Diane Brown | Bring your garden and menus alive with herbs. Register now for the “Healthful, Homegrown Herbs” workshop Aug. 24 to learn how to incorporate their amazing flavors into your menus.
July 27, 2017 | Aaron Hathaway | Crabgrass has been enjoying the high temperatures in Michigan by invading turfgrass areas.
July 25, 2017 | Diane Brown | Registration deadline for the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program in Mason, Michigan, is Aug. 14, 2017.
July 14, 2017 | Mary K. Hausbeck | Scout and treat now to preserve your crop.
July 14, 2017 | Jill O’Donnell | Storm damage to trees, “weedy orchid”, tar spot on maple, slugs, second generation pine needle scale, spruce needle rust.
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.
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