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Frequently Discussed Topics
Following are publications that answer the most frequently asked questions the Plant & Pest Hotline staff answer this time of the year. Please call or contact us with your questions at 248-858-0902. During the non-growing season (October-March) we are open on Wednesdays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
March Landscape Guide
Fall-Winter Houseplant Care
Causes of Bark-Splitting on Trees
Extent of cold injury to landscape plant from the "Polar Vortex"
Gray Snow Mold
House Inspections and Insect Pests
Maple Syrup Production
Oak Wilt in Michigan
Overwintering Home-Invading Pests
Pink Snow Mold
Salt Injury to Landscape Plants
Salt-Tolerant Plant List
Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Apples, Crabapples, Quince and Pears
Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Cherries and Plums
Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Brambles (Blackberries/Raspberries)
Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Strawberries
Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Blueberries
Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Grapes
Western Conifer Seed Bug
Wind Chill Doesn't Matter to a Plant
Winter Protection of Plant Material
Winter versus raccoons, skunks and opossums
Seasonal Resource for Current Conditions and Plant/Pest Problems
An excellent resource for current conditions and plant/pest problems is the MSU Extension News web site, written by MSU faculty and MSU Extension staff. These seasonal electronic articles offer Lawn & Garden pest management advice regarding a variety of topic areas such as Community Gardening, Composting & Recycling, Home Gardening, Landscaping, Pest Management, Turf, and Water Usage. You can subscribe to various topics and have updates to their web site sent to you automatically.
Food donation fact sheet available from MSU Extension’s Michigan Fresh
Hungry people need good food – and gardeners can provide safe, nutritious food to those who might otherwise go without. Learn how community gardeners can donate extra produce to food pantries with Michigan State University Extension fact sheet “Fresh Produce Donation Guidelines for Gardeners.”
This fact sheet includes recommended ways to handle and prepare the produce, information about the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, and more. To get a free copy of this new fact sheet, please click here.
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