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
Yards across the Lower Peninsula are littered with small bug-infested oak branches. No management strategies are necessary for now.
Posted on July 30, 2014 4:26pm by Howard Russell
Hear about smart gardening techniques to creat an an edible landscape at the Upper Peninsula Smart Gardening Conference Oct. 4 in Marquette, Michigan.
Posted on July 30, 2014 4:12pm by Rebecca Krans
Fire blight is not just a disease for commercial apple orchards. Landscape crabapple trees are also susceptible to Erwinia amylovora.
Posted on July 30, 2014 10:44am by Heidi Wollaeger
Honey is coming off and swarms are continuing later this year. Here’s some tips for moving bees out of the supers.
Posted on July 30, 2014 10:04am by Ben Phillips
You can easily grow fresh Michigan turnips at home or find them at a farmers market or grocery store throughout the season.
Posted on July 29, 2014 12:21pm by Becky Henne
Proper diagnosis of a wilt disease in oaks may prevent loss of surrounding trees.
Posted on July 28, 2014 11:52am by Bob Bricault
It is carrot season once again and with that comes a great source of Vitamin A.
Posted on July 28, 2014 11:00am by Becky Henne
Learn about spotted wing Drosophila and how to manage its damage in home fruit plantings with this helpful new fact sheet developed by Michigan State University Extension.
Posted on July 24, 2014 2:45pm by Diane Brown
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
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