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.
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MSUE Home Gardening News
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Posted on April 18, 2014 12:16pm by Makena Schultz
Preserving strawberries safely will extend their flavor for later in the year.
Posted on April 18, 2014 11:56am by Christine Venema
The winter of 2013-14 was certainly one of the most challenging any of us have ever experienced, and lawns emerged from winter with some bumps and bruises.
Posted on April 17, 2014 2:27pm by Kevin Frank
Armillaria root rot affects hundreds of plant species throughout Michigan. Learn more about the biology, symptoms and control of this devastating fungus.
Posted on April 17, 2014 10:16am by Erin Lizotte
As the weather begins to warm, growers should be on the lookout for several early insect pests such as white pine weevil and Zimmerman pine moth.
Posted on April 17, 2014 9:13am by Jill O’Donnell