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
February 21, 2012 | Bob Bricault | Temperature changes and availability of moisture can damage landscape plants during the winter.
February 3, 2012 | Bert Cregg | Questions remain about residual soil activity and recovery of trees affected by new herbicide.
February 3, 2012 | Russell Kidd | For landowners who are considering planting trees on their property this spring, place your order early in the year to ensure the best selection and choice of plant material.
January 3, 2012 | Mary Wilson and Robert Schutzki | New MSU Extension publication, “Planting Techniques: A Guide for Successful Plant Establishment” explains how to improve long-term survival and vigor of landscape plants.
December 1, 2011 | Gretchen Voyle | A pest of the west and beast of the east, the autumn olive can be one invasive shrub.
November 16, 2011 | Mallory Fournier | Unsure what to get the gardener in your life this holiday season? We polled MSU Extension educators to learn what’s on their wish list (and perhaps on yours, too).
November 15, 2011 | Rebecca Finneran | It’s time to get you garden ready for ‘ol man winter whether you like it or not. Keeping the rodents and deer away, creating protective barriers and digging up tender perennials are things to consider now.
November 10, 2011 | Beth Clawson | Planting deer-resistant landscape plants this fall can help discourage deer and rabbits from using your garden as a free buffet during the winter.
November 2, 2011 | Gretchen Voyle | Cold, dark winters are a challenge for keeping a rosemary plant alive for next spring.
October 21, 2011 | Mary Wilson | Don’t panic! Losing old needles in the fall is normal for pines, spruce, fir and arborvitae.