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
Funding and technical assistance to prevent, detect, and control terrestrial and aquatic invasive species now available to governmental units, nonprofit organizations and universities planning to go head-to-head with Michigan‘s invasive species.
Posted on October 29, 2014 11:06am by Bindu Bhakta
Researchers looking for survivor trees in wooded areas and forests that were devastated by the emerald ash borer
Posted on October 29, 2014 10:46am by Bindu Bhakta
Garbage to Garden is now a two part webinar that focuses on composting strategies for community gardens, school gardens, urban farms, and food establishments that want to close the sustainable loop through preserving their natural resources and increasing
Posted on October 29, 2014 10:03am by Beth Clawson
A greater understanding of species’ habitat needs points to the importance of keeping the shoreline natural as a way to promote healthy populations of fish and wildlife species and a healthy ecosystem.
Posted on October 29, 2014 9:57am by Bindu Bhakta
Smart gardeners make use of falling leaves to add organic matter back to their lawns or gardens.
Posted on October 24, 2014 9:19am by Rebecca Krans
Mulching leaves into your lawn is a good way to add nutrients, reduce yard waste and save time and money.
Posted on October 23, 2014 1:39pm by Terry Gibb
As summer comes to an end, it’s time for the last garden clean up to take place. What should you do with that last cabbage, stray peppers and random onions that have survived the frost?
Posted on October 22, 2014 12:51pm by Dixie Sandborn
Multiple data resources created and managed by MNFI can be key to helping those who are actively managing Michigan’s biodiversity and others who simply want to learn more about Michigan’s diverse species.
Posted on October 22, 2014 8:50am by Bindu Bhakta
The final workshop in the Grow it! Cook it! Eat it! series will be held Nov. 12, 2014, in Lansing, Michigan and will feature winter squash and pumpkins.
Posted on October 21, 2014 4:04pm by Diane Brown
Hickory tussock moth larvae and woolly worms are two common caterpillars found in the fall, but don’t cause much damage this late in the season.
Posted on October 14, 2014 3:21pm by Gretchen Voyle