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. View videos on conrolling grubs.
- Mulch leaves and grass clippings into the lawn to recycle nutrients. View video on leaf mulching.
- NEW 2014 Tipsheets: Low maintenance lawns and shady lawn alternatives
- 2013 Tipsheets: Mow high, mulch leaves, and smart watering
- Select native or well-adapted plants, trees and shrubs to simplify meeting the plant’s needs. VIew videos on native plants and mulching to control weeds.
- Visit nativeplants.msu.edu for fact sheets about specific plants and to learn about their ecosystem services.
- NEW 2014 Tipsheets: Drought-tolerant plants and water-smart landscapes
- 2013 Tipsheets: Native plants, lakefront plants, and trees and shrubs
- Don’t guess, soil test to ensure an effective balance of nutrients. View videos on healthy soils and soil testing.
- NEW 2014 Tipsheets: healthy soils and compacted soils
- 2013 Tipsheets: Soil test, fertilizer basics, and reducing phosphorus
Internet gardening programs
Watch a webinar on smart gardening for bees from MSU entomologist Rufus Isaacs.
View Creatures, Plagues & Apocalyptic Problems to learn about insects, diseases and environmental vegetable problems. Please make sure to evaluate the class. Master Gardeners receive 1 continuing education credit for each 1 hour of a presentation viewed.
Search for MSUE Home Gardening News past articles at MSUE Home Gardening.
MSUE Home Gardening News
While milder weather and some moderation are expected in the short term, medium and longer lead forecast guidance suggests a general continuation of colder than normal temperatures.
Posted on March 7, 2014 1:03pm by Jeff Andresen
Look for signs of winter damage on trees, shrubs and perennials; plan your home landscape management strategies accordingly.
Posted on March 3, 2014 3:08pm by Rebecca Krans
With spring just around the corner, these helpful tips will help youth and their families make the most of their garden space and maximize their fresh summer produce!
Posted on February 27, 2014 12:32pm by Dixie Sandborn
If you have property on a waterfront, native trees and shrubs help protect shorelines and provide beauty.
Posted on February 26, 2014 3:04pm by Mary Wilson
Signs to look for and management considerations for rabbit damage to fruit and landscape plants.
Posted on February 26, 2014 1:48pm by Amy Irish-Brown