Seasonal Tips

Each season in central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania brings new things to see and do in your yard. The information on this page is broken out by season so you can quickly see what's happening and what to do in spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

Spring

Best Spring-Flowering Trees for Central NJ & PA

When it comes to curb appeal, nothing beats the landscape statement of spring-flowering trees. Not only do they embrace spring with a profusion of gorgeous blooms, many are highly fragrant and provide food for pollinators. The best offer multi-seasonal interest in addition to their early flowers. Our top picks for spring-flowering trees are resilient, beautiful, easy to maintain, and just right for growing in central New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They include regional natives, as well as well-behaved non-native trees with impressive spring flowers.
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Importance of Spring Lawn Care for Central NJ & PA

Your lawn will be waking soon and begin drawing from the nutrients that it stored in its roots last fall. But there's a limit to how much your lawn can store - even in perfect conditions, it will need a boost in spring. And that's where your organic spring lawn care program comes in.
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Summer

a birdhouse hangs from a tree branch in the summer, green leaves from the tree are in the foreground

Summer Tree Care Checklist

What to do (and not do!) during the hot, dry summer months to ensure that your trees are healthy and beautiful throughout the entire year.
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Are Your Trees Suffering From Summer Heat Stress?

During the summer, trees sometimes suffer from heat stress. In this article, we go over what exactly it is, how you can spot it, and how you can keep your trees healthy and stress-free throughout the worst of the summer heat.
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Autumn

Fall Plant Care Do’s & Don’ts

As autumn approaches, it’s time to start gearing up for the final push of the growing season and prepare your trees, and flower and shrub beds for the winter.
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5 Best Trees for Fall Color in Central NJ and PA

Fall is a great time of year for many trees, especially those with gorgeous fall color. We share our favorite trees with the best fall colors that do well in the eastern Pennsylvania and central New Jersey areas.
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Leaf Mulch & Leaf Compost: Turn Fall Leaves into Garden Gold

Fall leaves are powerful garden allies. Most homeowners rake and bag them without a thought, but why not turn them into superb, sustainable, organic mulch or compost instead? Leaf mulch and compost are free, beautiful, and rich in organic matter. You’ll save money, and your garden will thank you.
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Why Leaves Change Color in Autumn

Weekend chores can wait, but the Autumn colors likely won’t. So, …. whether by foot, bike or car, make plans to get out this weekend to enjoy the peak display of fall colors. We are fortunate to live in a part of the country that gets to witness this rainbow of colors. Due to the…
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Autumn Shrub Care Tips

Many shrubs, especially broadleaf evergreens like hollies, boxwood, laurels and rhododendrons, can be easily damaged by brutal winter weather. Instead of lush green leaves, you end up with crispy brown ones. So we're sharing these autumn shrub care tips to help you protect your valuable shrubs from severe winter conditions.
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Begin Your Organic Lawn Care Around Labor Day

Late summer into early fall is the perfect time to grow grass. With the cooler nights and shorter days, weed growth is beginning to slow, which provides less competition for grass. Use the proper cultural practices and the three simple steps described here to build a lush, safe, chemical-free lawn.
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pinecones and pine needles on the ground in fall

My Evergreen Is Losing Its Needles! Is That Normal?

This fall, have you noticed evergreen needles (from trees like pine, spruce, fir, yew or arborvitae) turning yellow and/or falling to the ground? What does it mean? Why is it happening? Should you be concerned? Find the answers in this Q&A.
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Inspect Your Trees In Fall & Save Money On Winter Pruning

Dormant season (winter) pruning has many advantages for your trees and is more economical for you - a win/win for both you and your trees. But to do it right, you should first inspect your trees in fall.
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Winter

shrubs flattened by snow

Winter Injury to Trees and Shrubs

Heavy snow and ice, as well as frozen soil conditions, can damage cherished trees and shrubs in residential landscapes. Even areas without major snowfall experience high winds and huge fluctuations in temperatures during winter. But homeowners can lessen the adverse effects of winter weather with preventive maintenance.
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winter pruning

Benefits of Winter Pruning (For Your Trees & Your Wallet)

Did you know that pruning trees in winter has many benefits? In some cases, it's the only time of year to prune safely. Here are the details ...
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dead oak leaves in winter

Why Do Some Trees Hold Onto Dead Leaves In Winter?

In the fall, leaves fall – usually. But what does it mean when it’s winter and there are still leaves on your tree? Why don't they fall off? And is it bad for the tree?
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remove ash trees in winter to control emerald ash borer

Control Spread of Emerald Ash Borer in New Jersey: Remove Ash Trees in Winter

According to the NJ Department of Agriculture, ALL ash trees in NJ are at high risk for EAB infestation within the next few years. Control the spread of EAB by removing infected ash trees during the winter - it's an ideal time to take down trees without damaging your lawn.
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bark stripped off of a tree in the Central New Jersey area

What is Stripping the Bark Off My Trees in Winter?

We share details on the rodents and other critters that eat or tear bark off trees in winter (some also eat tree roots), which trees they prefer, and how to prevent winter tree damage from these pesky varmints.
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How To Protect Your Shrubs From Winter Deer Damage

Deer can damage more plants in winter than the cold, snow, ice and wind. Learn how to protect your shrubs and trees from hungry deer. Here in central NJ and PA, start your protection efforts in fall (October/November is best) for the best results.
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Create Beautiful Holiday Decorations With Evergreen Boughs

Freshly-cut evergreen boughs add an inexpensive and wonderful splash of color and breath-taking fragrance for holiday decorations. And there’s no need to purchase greens that were cut weeks ago, when you likely have evergreens already growing in your landscape. Here are our best tips for creating beautiful holiday decorations from evergreens.
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Will Rock Salt or Ice Melt Harm My Plants?

Snow and ice are an inevitable part of winter here in central NJ and PA, as are multiple trips to the store to load up on bags upon bags of ice melt or rock salt. Unfortunately, the products we use to keep our roads and walkways safe also do untold damage to our property and local ecosystem, as well as harming our pets and our plants. Here are our suggestions for dealing with snow and ice without the salt.
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