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
April 10, 2017 | Diane Brown | Along with lots of showers, April brings two free programs for gardeners covering low maintenance woody ornamentals on April 11, and vegetable gardening and composting tips on April 17.
April 6, 2017 | Alan Jaros | MSU Tollgate Farm is rolling out new Evenings in the Garden spring series starting April 15, 2017.
April 6, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Most trees can tolerate periods of flooding while they are still dormant.
April 6, 2017 | Howard Russell | Pesky red squirrels will feed on spruce buds when other foods become scarce in the winter.
April 3, 2017 | Eric Anderson | What are good indicators that it is time to plant crops in spring?
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.
Find an Expert
May 11, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337
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