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
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
Those interested in beekeeping and pollination services are welcome to attend the Michigan Beekeepers Association Fall Conference in Flint, Michigan, Oct. 24-25, 2014.
Posted on October 13, 2014 3:15pm by Ben Phillips
Recent frost advisories are relevant for late-season vegetables.
Posted on October 13, 2014 12:37pm by Ben Phillips
October is the ideal time to plant garlic for harvest next July.
Posted on October 10, 2014 9:38am by Diane Brown
Many gardeners contemplate saving some seeds from vegetables or flowers for planting next season. Is it a good or bad idea? Consider all the information before gathering those first seeds.
Posted on October 9, 2014 2:59pm by Gretchen Voyle
Colorful with interesting shapes, today’s cucurbits, or pumpkins, may actually surprise you!
Posted on October 8, 2014 2:10pm by Rebecca Finneran
Loss of evergreen needles does not mean the trees are dying. The trees naturally shed their needles in a cycle of about two years.
Posted on October 8, 2014 1:33pm by Gretchen Voyle
If you used hop beta acids (Hopguard, HopGuard II) under Section 18 emergency exemption label to control Varroa mites, please report use through a survey that’ll help secure future emergency exemptions and move this product toward full EPA registration.
Posted on October 6, 2014 10:40am by Julianna Wilson
Fall is the ideal time for controlling broadleaf weeds such as ground ivy, dandelion and white clover.
Posted on October 2, 2014 1:56pm by Kevin Frank
Tips for understanding and building a healthier soil in your vegetable or flower garden this fall.
Posted on September 29, 2014 4:13pm by Hal Hudson