A Mississippi Smart Landscape is not just a good-looking and low maintenance yard, it's an environment that encourages wildlife, uses water wisely, lowers our energy costs, and benefits both our home and our neighborhood. A Mississippi Smart Landscape uses tried and trusted methods with a little artistic flair to create an attractive and ecologically sound garden that will complement your home and neighborhood.
If you wish to create a Smart Landscape, you must first decide whether you're designing on a small budget or hiring a professional.
Study your site, making note of good features and problem areas, and make a plan for your landscape based on your notes.
Use this directory of information to help form a Mississippi Smart Landscape plan.
MSU Extension Service Publications
Home Landscape Design
A well-designed and functional home landscape can add to your family’s joy and increase the value of your property. Modern landscapes are meant to be beautiful and useful. A well-planned landscape provides your family with recreation, privacy, and pleasure. Conscientious homeowners know that the landscape should also have a positive environmental impact.
Developing a Home Landscape Plan
A well-designed landscape can provide years of enjoyment for your family and significantly add to your home's value. This publication will help you understand the steps to the residential design process and allow you to develop a landscape plan.
Designing with Native Plants and Naturalistic Landscapes
Gardens that celebrate and fit the natural Mississippi landscape are a desire of many homeowners and educators. When you use native species in the landscape, these plants will easily adapt to local soil and climate conditions, provide food and shelter for local wildlife, sustain local flora types, and create an atmosphere unique to our state. Just as there are many plant species that are native to our region, there are many approaches to incorporating native plants into private and public gardens.
Planting Design Fundamentals
The types of plants that we choose and how we arrange them in our gardens must satisfy functional needs, as well as to be able to fulfill our design intent. Achieving harmony is the ultimate goal of combining plants in the garden successfully. Plants should harmonize with the unique qualities of the site, with the building elements and materials, and with other plants in a complementary way. With a good planting design, plants should appear as if they belong in the design. Because of the possibility of changing, adding, or removing plants, a good planting design is never finished.
Selecting Landscape trees
Trees are among the most beautiful, useful, and permanent products of nature. Selecting the right tree or trees for the home landscape is an important decision. Your choice will impact not only you, but also those who inherit or buy your property in the years to come. Because trees are considered to be a more permanent part of the landscape and can take years to achieve the desired effect, planting trees is one of the first priorities when installing a new landscape or renovating an old one.
The foundation planting in today’s landscaping world has evolved from its original function. In the past, most homes had unsightly foundation walls or were built on stone or blocks with open areas under the house. This publication will help you design a foundation planting to hide foundation walls or conceal open areas underneath houses.
Right Plant, Right Place
The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook
Chapter 1 page 5
Landscape Planning Worksheet
The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook
Chapter 1 page 15-16
Native plants have garnered a lot of attention, especially because of their relationship to pollinators, but these plants are valuable for many other reasons. In addition to pollen, they provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, as well as creating biodiversity in the ecosystem.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A water sampling program conducted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service has encouraging initial data about lead levels in drinking water collected at child care centers around the state.
Preliminary data gathered as part of the SipSafe program paint a reassuring picture for most of the faucets sampled.
Heavenly bamboo, commonly referred to as nandina, is a popular, evergreen landscape plant that produces vibrant red berries and resembles hollies.
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.
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.
Brian Andrus irrigated exactly zero times on his Sunflower County farm in 2021. He didn’t even turn on his well.
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.