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
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Posted on December 18, 2014 11:16am by Dixie Sandborn
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Posted on December 17, 2014 3:49pm by Tom Dudek
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Posted on December 17, 2014 3:25pm by Diane Brown
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Posted on December 8, 2014 2:45pm by Gretchen Voyle
How much fertilizer should I apply? Some take the approach that if a little of something is good – more is better. This is rarely a good approach, particularly with fertilizer applications.
Posted on December 5, 2014 9:31am by Ron Goldy
How to stop serving your fresh produce to the deer herd.
Posted on December 3, 2014 2:26pm by Gretchen Voyle
Enjoy holiday memories for years to come with a living tree.
Posted on December 1, 2014 11:14am by Jill O’Donnell
Plant Science certificate programs are being offered at northwest and southwest Michigan community college locations this spring by Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology.
Posted on November 28, 2014 9:05pm by Joanne Davidhizar
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Posted on November 24, 2014 10:09am by Jill O’Donnell