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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Publications

Publication Number: P2330
Publication Number: M2247

News

A picture of several pink tulips with one in focus and others blurred in the background.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Smart Landscapes, Vegetable Gardens March 26, 2019

It’s officially spring! The temperatures are finally starting to warm up after a cold and wet winter. Gardening is the perfect excuse to spend some much-needed time outside. Grab your gardening tools—there’s a lot to be done! (Photo by Michaela Parker)

A large tree looms over a white house and a brick patio area.
Filed Under: Smart Landscapes March 8, 2019

A smart landscape can play a key role in efficiently heating and cooling homes while reducing energy costs.

Blue signs stating “absorb” and “delay” mark brick tiers in a landscape growing pink flowers and reed-like stems.
Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes December 19, 2018

A well-designed landscape can subtly slow down and filter excess water, an important job for Mississippi gardens.

A man in a baseball cap reaches into a patch of grass, while a tractor and a white, high-tunnel structure stand behind him.
Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes November 5, 2018

The notion of a rooftop garden may inspire images of ancient architecture, big city green spaces or homestead cabins in the American West, but the idea is feasible for modern construction.

Bob Brzuszek, Mississippi State University Extension Service professor of landscape architecture, said building green roofs is an innovative way to include green spaces in urban areas and increase biodiversity.

An arched entry of a red brick building is behind a colorful garden of flowers and bushes.
Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes October 16, 2018

Plant diversity is critical to the health of an ecosystem, but a single landscape can significantly enhance biodiversity.

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