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.
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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.
MSUE Home Gardening News
The MSU Turfgrass Field Day includes presentations and workshops covering golf, lawn and athletic field research.
Posted on July 28, 2015 1:04pm by Kevin Frank
A lawn, tree and shrub care company is leaving notes warning people they need to spray for pests in the Ann-Arbor-Ypsilanti area, yet in follow-up visits by an arborist, no pests or damage were found.
Posted on July 28, 2015 12:58pm by David Smitley
Invasive species are costly in economic and ecological damage, further introductions must be avoided
A new grant project at MSU hopes to provide a better network for tracking and pinpointing possible new invasive introductions early before these invasive species get a solid foothold in Michigan.
Posted on July 27, 2015 2:48pm by Deb McCullough
Early registration closes on Aug. 1, 2015, for the conference in Hendersonville, North Carolina, on Oct. 12-14. Register now to save money!
Posted on July 24, 2015 1:42pm by Heidi Wollaeger
Smart gardeners can reduce the chance of tomato diseases by improving cultural practices of watering, crop rotation and good sanitation.
Posted on July 24, 2015 8:28am by Rebecca Krans
Pokeweed and giant ragweed are common Michigan plants people often mistake for giant hogweed.
Posted on July 23, 2015 3:50pm by Gretchen Voyle
Have you promoted the benefits of plants at your greenhouse business lately? Consider promoting how plants benefit our planet, lives and wallet.
Posted on July 22, 2015 1:38pm by Kristin Getter
Home gardening strategies for identifying and managing caterpillars that feed on cabbages and their relatives.
Posted on July 20, 2015 3:36pm by Diane Brown
Michigan State University Extension to offer new online educational lake ecology and management course online.
Posted on July 17, 2015 2:47pm by Bindu Bhakta
Larder beetles are dropping by homes for a meal and possibly conversation.
Posted on July 16, 2015 3:09pm by Gretchen Voyle