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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.
April 3, 2017 | Kristine Hahn | There is a lot of fun and educational mileage in creating a garden plan.
March 31, 2017 | Kevin Frank | These two different products are good examples of why understanding the difference between product names and herbicide active ingredients is critical.
March 29, 2017 | Sarah Scott | Michigan has released its draft plan to protect managed pollinators from pesticide threats. This joint effort is designed to provide clear actions that can be taken to reduce pesticide exposure to bees.
March 23, 2017 | Kevin Frank | When is the correct time to apply crabgrass pre-emergence herbicides?
March 22, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Attend free Smart Gardening presentations, win garden door prizes and learn how to help native pollinators in your backyard at the Kiwanis Noon Home and Garden Show April 7-9, 2017, in Escanaba.
March 16, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | Bare root perennials feature several advantages for gardeners over container-grown plants.
March 15, 2017 | Diane Brown | Welcome spring and receive great Smart Gardening tips to save you time and money at the Lansing Home and Garden Show, March 16-19, 2017.
March 14, 2017 | Diane Brown | Start peppers, eggplant and tomatoes indoors now to enjoy an early harvest this summer.
March 10, 2017 | Bob Bricault | Michigan holly provides a colorful display in the winter landscape and a late-season food source for birds.
March 10, 2017 | Bill Cook | There are millions of plants that could potentially be planted in woodlands, gardens and around residences. Nativity is one factor in selecting species, and exotic is not necessarily a bad choice.
Find an Expert
Apr 28, 2017 | NW Michigan Horticultural Research Center (just north of Traverse City, near Bingham in Leelanau County)
Apr 29, 2017 | MSU's Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, MI 49012
Apr 29, 2017 | The Alpena Mall, US 23 South, Alpena 49707
May 11, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337
May 21, 2017 | MSU North Farm, Rock River Rd., Chatham, MI 49816
May 22, 2017 – May 23, 2017 | Lawrence Technological University (LTU), Room 410 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075
May 25, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337