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.
MSUE Home Gardening News
Michigan State University’s Horticulture Demonstration Garden’s list of the Top Performing Annuals can give greenhouse growers, landscapers and gardeners some great performing plants to choose from in 2015.
Posted on January 19, 2015 5:17pm by Tom Dudek
Learn how consumers, landscapers and commercial nurseries and greenhouses can protect pollinators in the landscape. The session will also cover 2014 marketing research on the public perception of conventional and alternative pest control practices.
Posted on January 16, 2015 2:05pm by Heidi Wollaeger
Smart water management in a home vegetable garden will lead to conserving water resources, healthy plants and improved productivity.
Posted on January 15, 2015 9:54am by Rebecca Finneran
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an integral part of a smart garden.
Posted on January 15, 2015 9:36am by Diane Brown
A healthy soil is vital for a successful vegetable garden.
Posted on January 15, 2015 9:19am by Rebecca Krans
Little, tan moths are a common thing to find in kitchens during the winter months.
Posted on January 8, 2015 4:02pm by Gretchen Voyle
Old advice can be new advice for beginning gardeners.
Posted on January 8, 2015 3:31pm by Gretchen Voyle
Michigan State University Extension will host Ag Action Day 2015, an agriculture and home horticulture networking and educational event, Jan. 30, in Oshtemo Township, Michigan.
Posted on December 30, 2014 2:06pm by Brad Baughman
Selecting seeds is a great way to introduce new perennials into your garden and now is the perfect time to start them.
Posted on December 29, 2014 3:26pm by Dixie Sandborn
The All-American Selections is the “standard” for getting a new flower or vegetable seeds to market. Learn more about these important seed trials.
Posted on December 22, 2014 3:26pm by Dixie Sandborn