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.
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