Lawn, Tree & Landscape Tips for Central NJ & Eastern PA
Ever wonder why clover seems to grow better in your lawn than the grass does? It’s likely due to one of these 5 easily-corrected lawn care problems. But don’t be too hasty – there are many reasons why you may want to just leave it right where it is!
Growing Degree Days (GDD) are used to estimate the growth and development of plants and insects during the growing season, and to determine the best time to apply treatments for specific pests. So what, exactly, are they?
Do your fruit trees have a lot of fruit each year, or are there just a few here and there? Are they healthy, or do they need constant spraying to keep disease and insects at bay? Fruit trees, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and others, need regular pruning to stay healthy and provide you with plentiful fruit. And believe it or not, that pruning is best done in late winter or early spring.
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.
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.
As of August 2016, emerald ash borer has been found in New Jersey in Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Somerset counties. 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.
These special fungi, found in healthy organic soil, help your trees stay healthy by providing more nutrients and water than the tree can absorb on its own. Learn how they work and why you need mycorrhizal fungi in your soil.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.