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
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 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 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 | Bert Cregg | Use caution when dealing with downed trees and limbs and don’t hesitate to call a professional.
February 17, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | Get a sneak peak of the 2017 ColorChoice shrubs to grace your landscape with at the Smart Gardening Conference on March 4 in Grand Rapids.
February 7, 2017 | Rebecca Finneran | Nationally-known horticulturist and author Linda Chalker-Scott will get to the truth about common gardening myths at March 4 conference in Grand Rapids.
December 22, 2016 | Dixie Sandborn | Explore the science and history behind a Christmas favorite: holly!
December 20, 2016 | Rebecca Finneran | Nationally-known horticulturists Linda Chalker-Scott and Stacey Hirvela are featured speakers at the 2017 Smart Gardening Conference on March 4 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
December 20, 2016 | Rebecca Finneran | Stop deer damage in your garden or landscape with smart gardening techniques.
October 13, 2016 | Robert Bricault | Control viburnum leaf beetles in fall and winter to lessen damage in spring.
Find an Expert
Apr 7, 2017 – Apr 9, 2017 | Ruth Butler Building, UP State Fairgrounds, 2401 12th Ave. N, Escanaba, MI 49829
Apr 25, 2017 – Jun 13, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377