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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.
October 4, 2017 | Diane Brown | Join us Oct. 26 in Mason, Michigan, to learn a variety of Asian recipes, how to grow Asian greens and the health benefits of Asian cuisine.
October 3, 2017 | Kevin Frank | Weed, disease and insect control and fertilizer applications are all being affected by the hot, dry weather in September.
October 2, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Knowing which leaves are turning can add to your enjoyment of fall color season.
September 29, 2017 | Jill O’Donnell | Needle drop of conifers in the fall can be a natural process, or it can be a symptom of other pest or cultural problems.
September 26, 2017 | Heidi Lindberg | Two videos and three bulletins provide commercial industry and homeowners with new resources on hemlock woolly adelgid.
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.
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Jan 24, 2018 – May 2, 2018 | Washtenaw Western Service Building, MSU Extension, 705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Jan 24, 2018 – May 2, 2018 | Kalamazoo RESA - Wile Auditorium 1819 E. Milham Ave Portage, MI 490
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