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.


 

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Publications

Publication Number: P2330
Publication Number: M2247

News

An orange butterfly on a yellow flower.
Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes July 23, 2020

What are pollinators and why are they important? Bats, bees, beetles, birds, butterflies, and other mammals play a vital role in our environment. These creatures help move pollen from one flower to another, which helps fertilize plants so they can reproduce.

A bright green moss pathway with large pavers.
Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design and Management, Landscape and Garden Design, Smart Landscapes July 9, 2020

A moss pathway is an easy way to add a special touch of elegance, enchantment, and royalty to your landscape. A pathway covered with bright green moss seems like something a king or queen would have in their landscape, right? 

A close-up of a white-tail deer's face.
Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Resources, Smart Landscapes, White-Tailed Deer June 11, 2020

Oh, deer! White-tailed deer can be quite the nuisance in the garden. It’s disheartening to see deer ate the flowers in your back yard for a snack. 

A pond with green film at the top.
Filed Under: Healthy Water Practices, Pond and Lake Water Quality, Pond and Lake Topics May 22, 2020

In the age of COVID-19, we do not need more to worry about. However, the summer of 2019 proved that even recreating in your local pond, stream or beach comes at some risk.

We saw a nationwide outbreak of rare, yet severe, maladies that originated from the water. These problems usually start in the hottest part of summer.

Bright green sedums displayed in a gold picture frame.
Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes May 12, 2020

If you’re looking for an easy garden project this summer, look no further! Sedums, commonly referred to as succulents, are popular because they are relatively easy to care for. 

Success Stories

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.

Select Your County Office

Your Extension Experts

Portrait of Ms. Patricia R. Drackett
Asst Ext Prf & Dir, Crosby Arb
Portrait of Dr. Eddie Miles Louis Smith
Extension Agent III*