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 the lawn to recycle nutrients.
- Tipsheets: Mow high, mulch leaves, and smart watering
- Select native or well-adapted plants, trees and shrubs to simplify meeting the plant’s needs.
- Tipsheets: Native plants, lakefront plants, and trees and shrubs
- Don’t guess, soil test to ensure an effective balance of nutrients.
- Tipsheets: Soil test, fertilizer basics, and reducing phosphorus
Internet gardening programs
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.
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MSUE Home Gardening News
Giant hogweed coverage in the news is causing many people to be concerned about non-toxic plants on their property. Here are photos of common look-alikes to help you better distinguish between these plants.
Posted on June 13, 2013 1:07pm by Angie Tenney
Cool, wet weather has impacted turf growth, fertilizer applications and turf health.
Posted on June 13, 2013 11:02am by Kevin Frank
Spittlebugs are likely the culprit of globs of bubbly froth found on trees, shrubs and plants during late spring.
Posted on June 12, 2013 9:08am by Gretchen Voyle
2012 drought reduced the impact of biological control of gypsy moths.
Posted on June 10, 2013 3:43pm by Bob Bricault
Ways to prevent drama and trauma when dealing with bats indoors.
Posted on June 10, 2013 8:24am by Gretchen Voyle