Be a Smart Gardener
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. Here you will find resources to become a smart gardener. Our advice is based on science performed at Michigan State University or other land grant universities.
Simple ways to start smart gardening
- 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.
Gardening to protect bees
- Watch a webinar on smart gardening for bees from MSU entomologist Rufus Isaacs.
- Read an article on how to protect bees in your yard and garden from MSU entomologist Dave Smitley.
MSUE Home Gardening News
Gardeners have been surprised this year to find fruit produced on tops of potato plants. Learn how they are caused and why they are not edible.
Posted on September 12, 2014 8:37am by Gretchen Voyle
Ripe tomatoes are more prone to skin damage, which could lead to anthracnose.
Posted on September 9, 2014 3:45pm by Gretchen Voyle
Join us Sept. 12 or 19 to learn about honey removal from bee hives, mites and wintering strategies.
Posted on September 3, 2014 10:04am by Ben Phillips
Swiss chard is a vegetable “star” with its impressive list of health promoting nutrients.
Posted on September 2, 2014 3:20pm by Eileen Haraminac
Late blight on tomatoes and potatoes is a devastating fungal disease that has surfaced in Michigan.
Posted on September 1, 2014 3:11am by Jeannie Nichols
The Labor Day holiday signals the unofficial end to summer and also a great reminder that September is a key time for homeowners looking to spruce up the lawn.
Posted on August 28, 2014 1:47pm by Kevin Frank
Magnolia scale is entering the crawler stage, the stage most vulnerable to control.
Posted on August 25, 2014 1:17pm by Diane Brown
Tomato late blight disease is widespread in home gardens.
Posted on August 22, 2014 1:45pm by Mary Hausbeck
Fall is an excellent time to tune up your garden or lawn for the coming year by taking a soil test.
Posted on August 21, 2014 8:38am by Hal Hudson
Yellow, spotted leaves are falling from walnut trees due to the annual visit of this fungal disease known as walnut anthracnose.
Posted on August 13, 2014 1:14pm by Gretchen Voyle