Planting and caring for trees, shrubs and landscape plantings will make your yard attractive.
General requirements and care
- How to plant trees and shrubs
- Maintenance on trees and shrubs
- Common problems associated with trees and shrubs
- Tree Owner’s Manual for the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S.
- Statewide table for frost-free dates for planting decisions
- Managing shoreline property to protect water quality
Selecting trees and shrubs
- Choosing smart trees and shrubs for Michigan landscapes
- Smart tree tip sheets– smart tree selections for communities and landowners
- Drought-tolerant plants save water, money and time
- Crabapple selection guide
- eXtension resource on tree and shrub selection
- Wildfire-resistant landscape plants for Michigan
- Deer-resistant plants for homeowners
Native plants and beneficial insects
- Video on selecting native or well-adapted plants to simplify meeting the plant’s needs
- Native plants can be a smart choice for Michigan landscapes
- Visit nativeplants.msu.edu for fact sheets about specific plants and to learn about their ecosystem services.
- Identifying natural enemies that offer you biological control
- Identifying weeds in the landscape
- Scouting for pests in herbaceous perennials
- Scouting for pests in woody landscape plants
- Biology and management of balsam twig aphid
- Biology and management of beech bark disease
- Biology and management of pine needle scale
- Brown marmorated stink bugs: Information for Michigan residents on a new home invader
- Control of pine root collar weevil
- Diagnosing shoot-boring insects of pine
- Identification and management of European pine sawfly
- Identification and management of fall webworm
- Identification and management of orange-striped oakworm
- Lichens (fact sheet)
- Phomopsis canker of spruce
- Pine needle midge
- Broad mites
- Cytospora canker (for trees)
- Fertilizing trees and shrubs
- Maple tarspot
- Pine wilt disease (nematodes)
- Sphaeropsis blight (pines)
- Tree and shrub planting guidelines
- Managing pests in the landscape.
- Using organic fertilizers - tip sheet from Purdue University
- Reading a pesticide label
Emerald ash borer
- Emerald ash borer: Biology and control options
- Alternatives to ash trees – smart tree selections for communities and landowners
- Distinguishing ash from other common trees
- Don’t be fooled by look-alikes!
- Ash tree identification
- Recommended alternatives to ash trees for Michigan’s Lower Peninsula
- Calosoma sycophanta: a natural enemy of gypsy moth larvae
- Common oak defoliators in michigan (it’s not always gypsy moth!)
- Comparing gypsy moth to forest tent & eastern tent caterpillar
- Comprendiendo la conducta de los incendios forestales en MI
- Gypsy moth and your shade trees
- Natural enemies of gypsy moth: the good guy
- Pheromone traps & the gypsy moth
Dr. Bert Cregg of Michigan State University writes “Conifer Corner” regularly for “The Michigan Landscape” magazine, a bimonthly publication of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA). You can visit MNLA’s consumer website at Plant Michigan Green. Dr. Cregg’s articles are listed by topic below.
- Common landscape conifers: Upright and Broad: The Blue Collar Conifers
- Narrow, upright conifers: On the Straight and Narrow
- Ornamental conifers: Weeping Wonders: Pendulous Conifers
- Pendulous conifers: Weeping Wonders: Pendulous Conifers
- Placing conifers in landscape: Top choices for Tough Places
- Weeping conifers: Weeping Wonders: Pendulous Conifers
- The Garden Professors blog from Washington State University Extension
- Gardens, lawns and landscapes from MSU Extension and our colleagues in other states
- Interactive Plant Manager is an online diagnostic database for woody ornamentals from Cornell University’s IPM Program
October 13, 2016 | Robert Bricault | Control viburnum leaf beetles in fall and winter to lessen damage in spring.
August 31, 2016 | Georgia Peterson | Extreme pH levels and drought can cause chlorosis in trees. What are the clues?
August 4, 2016 | Julie Crick | Checking the trees in your yard for signs of insect damage could help prevent Michigan’s next invasive forest pest.
July 21, 2016 | Rebecca Krans | Register now for the Master Gardener Program in Escanaba, Michigan, starting Aug. 25, 2016. Online registration is required by Aug. 11, limited and partial scholarship application are required by July 29.
July 12, 2016 | Beth Bishop | Two new Enviro-weather stations have been added in Oceana County in 2016.
June 30, 2016 | Gretchen Voyle | Prevent drought stress in your garden and landscape by checking soil moisture.
June 28, 2016 | Bert Cregg | Dry weather may put some trees and shrubs at risk. Watch for common signs of drought stress on landscape plants.
June 14, 2016 | Russell Kidd | Forest pests could create serious problems if Michiganders aren’t vigilant.
June 8, 2016 | Diane Brown | Learn more about the symptoms of maple leaf blister and maple anthracnose, two foliar diseases of maple trees that can appear in late spring on the same tree.
May 31, 2016 | Rebecca Finneran | When collecting firewood, don’t be fooled. Poison ivy can grow on trees.
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