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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.
January 30, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Meet Phyllis Johnson, a Master Gardener who coordinates community involvement and garden education to beautify the community of Chassell, Michigan.
January 30, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Register by Feb. 16, 2017, for the Smart Gardening Vegetable Series at the West Michigan Home and Garden Show and get a 20 percent discount. All registrants receive a free pass.
January 27, 2017 | Sarah Rautio | Ogemaw and Iosco County MSU Extension Master Gardeners earned special recognition for volunteering 10,063 hours of garden education to local communities.
January 26, 2017 | Kaitlin Koch Wojciak | Try seasonal taste testing activities in the classroom to continue learning about Michigan agriculture.
January 25, 2017 | Dave Smitley | Whether you choose weed-free or a more relaxed approach to your lawn, here are some practices that will keep it bee-friendly.
January 24, 2017 | Bob Bricault | Strange egg cases are the over-wintering life stage of the praying mantid.
January 6, 2017 | Duke Elsner | Support monarchs with a season-long display of flowering trees, shrubs and perennials in your yard. Include milkweed for the caterpillars.
January 6, 2017 | Diane Brown | The Capital Area Master Gardeners Annual Winter Symposium is a perfect opportunity to meet with old and new gardening friends, attend great programs and browse a garden marketplace.
January 4, 2017 | Mary Wilson | Join nationally renowned horticulturists and fellow plant enthusiasts at the daylong Plants of Distinction seminar in Novi, Michigan, Feb. 21, 2017.
December 30, 2016 | Beth Clawson | Steaming compost is an indication that there are healthy organisms present. By actively managing your compost you ensure continued decomposition year around.
Find an Expert
Mar 27, 2017 | MSU Extension Office, Entrance E, 21885 Dunham Rd, Clinton Township, MI 48036
Mar 28, 2017 | Max Thompson Family Resource Center, 11370 Hupp, Warren, MI 48089
Mar 28, 2017 | MSU Extension, Entrance E, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036
Mar 30, 2017 | 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377
Mar 31, 2017 | Okemos Conference Center, 2187 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864
Apr 5, 2017 – Apr 6, 2017 | Michigan State University Extension, Alger County Office, E9526 Prospect Street, Munising, MI 49862
Apr 7, 2017 – Apr 9, 2017 | Ruth Butler Building, UP State Fairgrounds, 2401 12th Ave. N, Escanaba, MI 49829