Michigan is a great place to grow fruit, vegetables, flowers and landscape plants. MSU Extension offers many resources including the popular Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

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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.

Smart Lawns

  • 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.

Smart Fruit

  • Select the right fruit for your location and needs. Plant size, soil conditions, winter hardiness and number of years before harvest are essential to know when growing successful fruit.
  • Learn how to grow smart backyard fruit.

Smart Plants

Smart Soils

Smart Vegetables

Smart Gardening to Protect Pollinators


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