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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. Our advice is based on science performed at Michigan State University or other land grant universities.
Don't forget to check out our Smart Gardening resources, which includes tip sheets and informational videos.
- 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.
- Select the right vegetables for your location. Sunlight, water and good soil are essential for growing good vegetables.
- Learn how to plant a smart vegetable garden.
Smart gardening to protect pollinators
- Invite pollinators to your garden or landscape by creating a smart habitat with pollinator-friendly plants and lawns.
- Learn how to protect pollinators using smart gardening techniques.
December 7, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Register now for this opportunity to learn more about gardening, gain valuable resources and meet others interested in gardening.
December 6, 2017 | Heidi Lindberg | A complex topic of pollinator decline was discussed and demystified for attendees of the 2017 Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes Conference.
December 6, 2017 | Heidi Lindberg | Learn about the top four misconceptions about all bees.
December 1, 2017 | Daedre McGrath | MSU Horticulture Gardens’ list of top performing plants gives greenhouse growers, landscapers and gardeners great performing and showy plants to choose from in the upcoming season.
November 29, 2017 | Diane Brown | Grass-carrying wasps build their distinctive nests in the tracks of storm windows as well as abandoned insect galleries and hollow plant stems.
November 28, 2017 | Diane Brown | One partner provides food and the other shelter and protection from UV light and predators. Together, they can exist in climates ranging from polar to tropical and even aquatic environments.
November 28, 2017 | Bob Bricault | Plants moved indoors for the winter can be a source of insect pests such as mealybugs, so make sure to carefully inspect them.
November 22, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Michigan Christmas tree farms are producing an ever-widening array of tree types, including exotic or lesser-known tree species.
November 21, 2017 | Erick Elgin | Annual certification training will be offered March 6-7, 2018 in East Lansing to prepare those working at the water’s edge.
November 20, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Consider these tips for relieving the stress of buying and setting up your farm-grown Christmas tree this holiday season.
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Jan 15, 2018 – Apr 23, 2018 | GCCARD Building, 605 N. Saginaw Street (Suite 1A), Flint, MI, 48502
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Jan 24, 2018 – May 2, 2018 | Washtenaw Western Service Building, MSU Extension, 705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Jan 24, 2018 – May 2, 2018 | Kalamazoo RESA - Wile Auditorium 1819 E. Milham Ave Portage, MI 490
Jan 26, 2018 | Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 6767 West "O" Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49003
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