Smart Gardening Videos
Smart Gardening Webinar: Captivating Caterpillars
Published on July 22, 2020
Join Lepidopteran lover Dr. Duke Elsner in a look at many types of caterpillars that may be munching on your gardens.
New for 2020: When and how to prune ornamental plants with examples of plants that can be pruned to the ground
Watch this short Smart Gardening video from Michigan State University Extension for basic tips for pruning shrubs and small trees. This version includes images of some plants that can be cut back down to the ground for a rejuvenating pruning.
Smart Gardening to Deter Deer
How to deal with deer damage in your yard or garden with three Smart Gardening Tips: (1) Choose SMART plants that deer do not like; (2) Apply SMART repellants to deter deer; and (3) Create SMART barriers to block deer.
Mulching leaves into turf
Tips on leaf mulching to prepare your lawn for the fall.
Mulching to control weeds
Tips on mulching to efficiently control weed spread
New for 2020: Smart Gardening: When and How to Prune Ornamental Plants - 1-Minute Version
There are many reasons to prune ornamental plants. Watch this 1-minute Smart Gardening video from Michigan State University Extension to learn more about when and how to prune ornamental plants in your landscape.
Saving Monarchs: What you plant can make a difference
Help monarchs by planting milkweeds and a variety of flowers that bloom throughout summer and fall. Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed. The butterfly survives on nectar from various flowers and so needs blooming flowers all summer and fall
Tips on performing soil tests to learn your crop needs
Controlling grubs in lawns and turfgrass
Learn how to mow your lawn, how to fertilize and how much to water your lawn to control grubs.
Healthy, smart soil
Tips on soil compositions that benefit plants the most
Smart Reasons to Choose Native Plants
Smart Gardening: Lawns and waterfronts benefit from using native plants.
Smart Gardening for Pollinators
How to protect and support bees, butterflies and other pollinators in your yard and garden.
Matching Native Plants to Your Yards Needs
Smart Gardening: A homeowner explains his yard’s challenges, and how they’re met with native plants.