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.
- 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.
- Select the right vegetables for your location. Sunlight, water and good soil are essential for growing good vegetables.
- Learn how to plant a smart vegetable garden.
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
In situations where heavy metals like lead and arsenic may be high in the soil, selecting certain vegetables to grow can lower the risk of heavy metal exposure.
Posted on February 10, 2016 5:28pm by Phil Tocco
How concerned should Michiganders be about being infected with the Zika virus? An MSU entomologist responds.
Posted on February 10, 2016 9:39am by Michael G. Kaufman
Pollinators and native bees will feed on many different types of flowering plants in your landscape and garden.
Posted on February 9, 2016 1:43pm by Rebecca Finneran
Considering which vegetables you like, how much space you have for them and how you'll meet their growing requirements will help you achieve a rewarding harvest.
Posted on February 9, 2016 12:46pm by Mary Wilson
The Smart Vegetable Garden Series, March 3-4, 2016, is open to anyone interested in learning more about healthy soils, smart techniques for efficiency, nutrients, season extenders, pest management and pollinators.
Posted on February 8, 2016 3:12pm by Rebecca Krans
Winter is a great time to go through your garden checklist and start planning for your vegetable garden.
Posted on February 3, 2016 5:32pm by Gretchen Voyle
There are many ways you can make your landscape more inviting for bees and other pollinators.
Posted on February 2, 2016 10:57am by Abiya (Abi) Saeed
Using compost in your garden benefits soil health by improving tilth, increasing water retention and creating air pockets for plant roots to grow.
Posted on February 2, 2016 10:23am by Rebecca Krans
Several million pounds of commercial fish waste are generated in Michigan each year.
Posted on February 1, 2016 3:07pm by Ronald Kinnunen
Gardeners concerned with lead contamination in their soil can minimize the risk of exposure and be safe while enjoying their landscape.
Posted on January 29, 2016 2:04pm by Abiya (Abi) Saeed