Gardening - Hot Topics

Gardening - Hot Topics

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September Problem of the Month:

Spotted Wing Drosophila

The spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is a small vinegar fly that was first detected in Michigan in late September 2010.  This small fruit fly has the potential to become an extremely significant and costly pest of many fruit crops.  Click here for information on detection and management of spotted wing drosophila.

Frequently Discussed Topics

Following are publications that answer the most frequently asked questions the Garden Hotline staff receive this time of the year. Please call or contact us with your questions at 248-858-0902.  See our hours.


Spotted Wing Drosophila


Cicada Killer Wasp

Mosquitos of Michigan

Overwintering Home-Invading Pests

Social Wasps

Solitary Wasps


Fall Weed Control

Fertilizing Home Lawns to Preserve Water Quality

How to choose and when to apply grub control products for your lawn

Mow High for Weed and Grub Control

Mowing Lawn Turf

Mulching Tree Leaves into Lawns

Tips for Seeding Lawns in September

Plants and Landscape

September Landscape Guide

Deer Resistant Plants for Homeowners

Fertilizer Basics for the Smart Gardener

Giant Hogweed

Spring/Summer Houseplant Care

Soil Management

Don't Guess, Soil Test

Trees and Shrubs

Evergreen Needle Drop

Fall Webworm

Magnolia Scale

Maple Tar Spot

Oak Wilt in Michigan

Scale Insects

Spruce Decline


Blossom End Rot of Tomato

Early Blight of Tomato

Late Blight of Tomatoes

Organic Vegetable Production

Septoria Leaf Spot of Tomato


Weed identification and control web site at MSU Turf Weeds

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's 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.  
Fact sheets – on topics from apples to winter squash – are also available on the Michigan Fresh website at


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