Gardening - Hot Topics

Gardening - Hot Topics

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Pest of the Month:  Moles

As the ground begins to thaw in early spring the telltale tunnels of the eastern mole frequently reappear in our lawns and gardens.  Michigan has two species of moles; the eastern mole and the star-nosed mole.  For information on moles and their control, please click on the following links:


Moles in the Lawn

Moles and Their Control


Frequently Discussed Topics

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

April Landscape Guide

Apple Scab in Crabapples

Carpenter Ants

Causes of Bark Splitting on Trees

Crabgrass Control in Home Lawns

Cytopspora Canker

Diplodia Tip Blight

Don't Guess, Soil Test

Early Spring Lawn Activities

Gray Snow Mold


Moss, Algae and Slime Molds in Lawn

Pink Snow Mold

Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs

Red Squirrels Pruning Trees

Reduce Lawn and Garden Damage Caused by Moles, Skunks & Raccoons

Salt Injury to Landscape Plants

Skunks, Raccoons and Opossums

Snow Fleas

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

Spring/Summer Houseplant Care

Spruce Gall Adeligds

Starting Seeds

Tree Wound Dressings are Cosmetic

Winter Protection of Plant Material

Winterkill of Turfgrass


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


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