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Smart Gardening: Leaf Mulching
Video on mulching leaves into turf
Smart Gardening: Controlling Grubs
Learn how to mow your lawn, how to fertilize and how much to water your lawn to control grubs.
Published on July 12, 2012
Home lawns are the most susceptible to grub damage under dry conditions. If you have seen turf damage caused by grubs in the last two years, plan on applying an insecticide for grubs before August 1.
Published on July 9, 2012
Our record-breaking heat wave coupled with widespread severe thunderstorms made this a rough week for trees in Lower Michigan and surrounding areas.
Published on July 5, 2012
Online calculator conveniently determines the exact area of lawn or garden, saving you money and protecting the environment from over-fertilization.
Published on June 28, 2012
A lot of webworm moths are being observed now, but it may be chinch bugs that are damaging home lawns. Japanese beetles are out as well, and they are hungry.
Published on May 17, 2012
White clover and black medic are both currently flowering in lawns and other turf.
Published on May 10, 2012
The rainfall over the last couple of weeks has resulted in some interesting sightings in lawns.
Published on May 3, 2012
Updated lawn care tip sheet reflects recent changes to the Michigan Fertilizer Law regarding lawn fertilizer and its application.
Published on April 30, 2012
Michigan State University (MSU) Extension home lawn and garden soil test mailer and soil test website give home gardeners the tools they need to grow healthy plants, protect the environment and save money.
Published on April 11, 2012
Yes, your lawn can freeze. Recent low nighttime temperatures below 30°F have resulted in freeze injury on turf.
Published on February 21, 2012
Become a riparian steward by taking simple steps to manage shoreline property.
Published on November 16, 2011
Unsure what to get the gardener in your life this holiday season? We polled MSU Extension educators to learn what’s on their wish list (and perhaps on yours, too).
Published on November 8, 2011
Applying a winterizer fertilizer this time of year will help rebuild turf by providing the nutrients needed to build up the root system and leave you with a healthier, thicker lawn in the spring.
Published on October 20, 2011
The weather may be growing cooler, but don’t take a gardening rest just yet! The time for “R&R” will come when you’ve properly prepared your beds for winter and next spring.
Published on October 10, 2011
Mowing turf to 3.5 inches will help it develop a larger root mass that can recover from grub damage with less pesticide use.
Published on August 29, 2011
Grasses are the ultimate tough plant for the ultimate tough place – Michigan.
Published on August 26, 2011
Most of the damage is over with for this year, but it’s not too late to check for chinch bug damage and spot-spray infested areas.
Published on August 16, 2011
Late summer offers a host of rewarding gardening work that produces both beauty and bounty.
Published on July 22, 2011
The hot and dry summer weeks can severely stress our trees, shrubs and lawns, but homeowners can easily protect.
Published on July 1, 2011
If you haven’t taken steps to deter grubs and your lawn has suffered from grub damage in the past, now is the time to apply an insecticide.