Get a head start on spring with MSU Extension digests

Signing up for MSU Extension news digests will help professionals and consumers learn about specific topics and interests.

Though temperatures are still chilly and there is still snow on the ground, gardeners and homeowners eager for spring can get ready for the blooming season with assistance from Michigan State University (MSU) Extension.  Through MSU Extension news digests, people can get information and advice about gardening, landscaping, recycling, managing pests and managing water usage to prepare gardens and landscapes for a beautiful and healthy spring season.

Signing up for MSU Extension news digests at will help professionals and consumers learn about:

  • Community gardening: Discover resources that help community gardeners grow delicious produce and create beautiful spaces. Stories featured in MSU Extension news digests will help community gardeners learn about choosing and preparing a smart site and find introductory how-to information about vegetable gardens.
  • Composting and recycling: Composting and recycling are environmentally sustainable practices for homes, farms, businesses and industries because they are important steps taken to complete a product’s life cycle. Compost is the easiest and least expensive solution to managing organic waste, and recycling creates new products from old, contributing to a sustainable system and reducing demand for new raw materials.
  • Landscaping: Besides looking beautiful, landscape plants provide benefits such as helping purify our air and reducing stormwater runoff. Whether you are a professional or a homeowner, you can stay up-to-date with relevant landscaping practices such as designing, installing and caring for the natural environments where we work and live by connecting with MSU Extension.
  • Pest management: MSU Extension can help with both key components of pest management to ensure a healthy environment: correctly identifying pests—insects, weeds, plant diseases, etc. -- and choosing an effective control when one is necessary. Through the news digests, you can learn about topics from new fungicides and greenhouse pest control to newly registered pesticides for hops and pesticide applicator training.
  • Turf: Golf course superintendents, lawn care operators, athletic field managers, sod growers, landscape managers and homeowners can discover programming and information to manage turfgrass in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • Water usage: MSU Extension emphasizes the importance of smart usage of water, a vital local commodity, and provides guidelines for practicing smart water usage in vegetable gardens, large and small landscapes, and other areas of everyday life.

MSU Extension digests allow individuals and groups to connect with the latest information from experts in fields specific to their needs and interests. These customizable digests highlight educational news stories and link interested readers to the MSU Extension website and resources. Currently, nearly 10,000 people receive digests from MSU Extension, where they are learning  about topics that enhance their personal and professional lives.

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