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. View video.
- Mulch leaves and grass clippings into the lawn to recycle nutrients.
- Tipsheets: Mow high, mulch leaves, and smart watering
- Select native or well-adapted plants, trees and shrubs to simplify meeting the plant’s needs.
- Visit nativeplants.msu.edu for fact sheets about specific plants and to learn about their ecosystem services.
- Tipsheets: Native plants, lakefront plants, and trees and shrubs
- Don’t guess, soil test to ensure an effective balance of nutrients. View video.
- Tipsheets: Soil test, fertilizer basics, and reducing phosphorus
Internet gardening programs
Watch a webinar on smart gardening for bees from MSU entomologist Rufus Isaacs.
View Creatures, Plagues & Apocalyptic Problems to learn about insects, diseases and environmental vegetable problems. Please make sure to evaluate the class. Master Gardeners receive 1 continuing education credit for each 1 hour of a presentation viewed.
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MSUE Home Gardening News
Fresh herbs are a great way to bring life to the doldrums of winter, use fresh flavors in cooking, and practice some Smart Gardening techniques.
Posted on December 6, 2013 4:57pm by Rebecca Krans
Plan on using a living, container-grown Christmas tree this holiday season? Follow these steps to ensure success.
Posted on December 6, 2013 12:22pm by Jill O’Donnell
When managing water features, contractors and water gardeners can prevent the introduction of Aquatic Invasive Species into natural waterways by using proper disposal methods.
Posted on December 4, 2013 4:12pm by Jane Herbert
Plenty of water is the only essential ingredient for maintaining Christmas tree freshness.
Posted on November 26, 2013 12:40pm by Jill O’Donnell
When in doubt, always consult with a professional arborist before working around damaged trees.
Posted on November 18, 2013 1:52pm by Bert Cregg