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. 

See our tip sheets on smart tree selections for communities and landowners.

Smart lawns

  • 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.

Smart plants

Smart soils

Smart vegetables

Gardening to protect bees


MSU Extension and Smart Gardening

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Become a Master Gardener

The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program offers individuals a 13-week training experience with in-depth education in many aspects of horticulture, including trees and shrubs, flowers, vegetables, fruit, soil, water, pests, indoor plants and lawns.

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