Smart Landscapes Videos

Roof Garden

Here’s a neat gardening challenge for you: Growing plants -- on a roof. Roof gardens have actually been 
around for centuries, and they do a lot of good things for the environment, including reducing flooding, reducing urban heat temperatures, increasing building energy efficiency, 
and a host of other benefits.

In this video, we will show you how we recently constructed a small green roof over the porch area of an outdoor storage shed. 


 

Drought-Tolerant Landscapes

If watering your garden during the hot dry summer months is a problem, you might consider planting a drought-tolerant garden next year. Drought-tolerant landscapes, also known as xeriscapes, feature plants that need little water.

In this video we’ll show you how to make a xeriscape garden, to help get rid of the sparsely growing lawn In this Mississippi front yard.


 

Pollinator Gardens

For many gardeners, the joy of being in the garden is often found in seeing all the butterflies, bees and moths that animate the landscape. But these hard-working bugs do more than just look beautiful, they do the important job of pollinating our flowers and food crops.
 
Now, more than any other time, however….they need your help! Bee and butterfly species are declining nationwide due to habitat loss, disappearing plant species, and pesticides. 
 
This video offers a beautiful way to help - simply grow more flowering plants in your garden.


 

How to Make a Bug Hotel

This video will show you how to make a bug hotel. Bug hotels, like these, will encourage good garden bugs to winter in the garden by giving them a place to hibernate and nest over the colder months, so they’ll ready to help in the spring.


 

Toad Abodes

Toads are a familiar sight in many Mississippi landscapes, and can be encouraged to take up residence in your garden by creating miniature houses or “toad abodes.” These beneficial amphibians are a welcome addition to the home garden as they eat a wide variety of insects and small invertebrates.


 

 

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News

Filed Under: Soils, Mississippi Land Resource Areas, Healthy Soils and Water, Healthy Water Practices September 14, 2022

COMO, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service will cohost a collaborative field day in Panola County Sept. 29 to share information about cover crops and reduced-till farming, soil and water health, and pasture soil and water management.

The Mississippi Land Stewardship field day runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and begins at Buckeye Farms at 3251 Tom Floyd Road in Como. Attendees will then travel to two different fields, one row crop and one pasture. The field day will conclude at Home Place Pastures. A complimentary lunch is included for participants.

Filed Under: Soils, Healthy Soils and Water, Healthy Water Practices, Water June 30, 2022

SHAW, Miss. -- Mississippi State University scientists will cohost a collaborative field day in the Mississippi Delta on July 13 to share information about cover crops, soil and water health, and irrigation automation and efficiency. 

The Soil and Water Stewardship in Row-Crop Systems field day runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and begins at Mosco Farm at the southwest of 813 US-61 in Shaw. Attendees will travel to Clements Farm and finish the event at the West F.A.R.M. Pavilion. A complimentary catfish lunch is included for registered participants.

Yellow coreopsis flowers.
Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes May 23, 2022

Native plants are great to have in the landscape because they often do not require watering, fertilization, or maintenance. They grow naturally in the region and are adapted to the overall climate and soil conditions. Native plants also provide food and shelter for wildlife and pollinators! 

White and pink native azaleas.
Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes April 25, 2022

There’s no plant more iconic in the springtime than azaleas. Their bright, colorful blooms are exactly what we need to welcome the warm weather after a dreary winter. 

A man and a woman pose in a garden.
Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Landscape and Garden Design, Smart Landscapes October 22, 2021

Participants in a Mississippi State University landscape symposium learned tips for preserving the life in their own backyards and contributing positively to the larger, regional ecosystem. The 66th Edward C. Martin Landscape Symposium was held Oct. 20 at MSU.

Success Stories

A man stands in a wooden shed holding parts to a soil sensor system.
Agriculture, Crops, Irrigation, Remote Sensing Technology, Soils, Soil Health, Soil Testing, Healthy Soils and Water, Healthy Water Practices, Water
Volume 8 Number 2

Brian Andrus irrigated exactly zero times on his Sunflower County farm in 2021. He didn’t even turn on his well.

 

A white sign with dark green lettering reads, “Monarch Waystation: This site provides milkweeds, nectar sources, and shelter needed to sustain monarch butterflies as they migrate through North America. Certified and registered by Monarch Watch as an official Monarch Waystation. Create, Conserve, & Protect Monarch Habitats.”
Wildlife Youth Education, About Extension, Master Gardener, Insects, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Places for Wildlife, The Story of Plants and People, Vegetable Gardens, Urban and Community Forestry, Urban and Backyard Wildlife, Wildlife Economics and Enterprises
Volume 4 Number 2

See what's new in Extension: a new monarch garden, a storytelling series will begin, the Garden Expo highlights Extension education, and Keep America Beautiful recognizes MSU Extension.

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