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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. 

See our tip sheets on smart tree selections for communities and landowners.

Simple ways to start smart gardening

Smart lawns

  • 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.

Smart plants

Smart soils

Gardening to protect bees

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MSUE Home Gardening News

  • Radishes can add heat and variety to any garden

    This sometimes-forgotten root vegetable is great for its unique flavor and low-maintenance growing.

    Posted on July 14, 2014 9:32am by Julia Darnton

  • How to care for rapidly growing lawns

    Grass is growing vigorously due to frequent rainfall and mild temperatures, and in some instances, lawns are now hungry and nutrient deficient.

    Posted on July 9, 2014 9:35am by Kevin Frank

  • Controlling raspberry cane borers

    Wilting shoot tips signal that this easy to control pest has found your raspberry patch.

    Posted on July 8, 2014 10:39am by Mark Longstroth

  • When to harvest your homegrown vegetables

    Get those tasty vegetables harvested at the right time by following these tips.

    Posted on July 7, 2014 11:49am by Gretchen Voyle

  • It’s not too late to add herbs to your summer garden

    Herbs add beauty and fragrance to the garden while attracting pollinators and beneficial insects.

    Posted on July 7, 2014 11:01am by Diane Brown

  • Local food gets closer to home with backyard gardens

    The shortest of all food supply chains is from one’s backyard directly to the kitchen! Backyard gardening is an excellent way for people to reap the benefits of fresher, nutrient-rich foods.

    Posted on July 3, 2014 10:34am by Randy Bell

  • Don’t let blossom end rot ruin your vegetables

    Blossom end rot can develop in tomatoes, but occasionally in peppers, eggplant and squash. Learn how to prevent this physiological problem from ruining your garden vegetables.

    Posted on July 2, 2014 12:37pm by Gretchen Voyle

  • New tip sheets on smart tree selections for communities and landowners

    New tip sheets from Michigan State University Extension provide suggestions to increase shade tree species diversity and diminish the impact of new invasive pests.

    Posted on July 2, 2014 10:19am by Bert Cregg

  • Pack in the peppers

    With a punch of vitamin C and A, sweet bell peppers will be showing up in Michigan farmers markets soon.

    Posted on June 30, 2014 3:59pm by Becky Henne

  • Bring on the broccoli

    Appearing in a farmers market near you, the eighth most popular vegetable will be making its debut in July.

    Posted on June 30, 2014 11:33am by Becky Henne

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