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
Fall is an excellent time to tune up your garden or lawn for the coming year by taking a soil test.
Posted on August 21, 2014 8:38am by Hal Hudson
Yellow, spotted leaves are falling from walnut trees due to the annual visit of this fungal disease known as walnut anthracnose.
Posted on August 13, 2014 1:14pm by Gretchen Voyle
Learn how to grow, store and prepare a variety of fresh vegetables by attending one or all of these mid-Michigan workshops on Sept. 2, Oct. 1 or Nov. 12.
Posted on August 12, 2014 10:44am by Diane Brown
Learn to stay safe in the garden.
Posted on August 11, 2014 3:46pm by Julia Darnton
How to pick the best day for gardening.
Posted on August 11, 2014 3:36pm by Julia Darnton
It’s August and time for the annual visit of this generally harmless showstopper known as the fall webworm.
Posted on August 11, 2014 2:17pm by Gretchen Voyle
Tar spot detected on maples is a cosmetic problem and a yearly occurrence in Michigan.
Posted on August 6, 2014 4:41pm by Heidi Wollaeger
Funded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the campaign encourages home gardeners to donate their extra produce to local food pantries.
Posted on August 6, 2014 10:16am by Kendra Wills
Summer care of daylilies will keep them strong this season and next.
Posted on July 31, 2014 9:30pm by Rebecca Finneran
Small insect causes leaves on black locust to turn cinnamon-brown but does not cause harm to tree health.
Posted on July 31, 2014 4:28pm by Rebecca Finneran