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6 Worst DIY Tree Pruning Mistakes

It doesn’t take a trained tree expert to spot a bad pruning job but it does take one to do the job right.

Unfortunately, we’re often called in to fix a DIY pruning job gone wrong – and sometimes we even have to remove the tree entirely because it can’t be saved.

If you plan to do some tree pruning around your property (or hire someone to do it for you), here’s a list of the top 6 tree pruning mistakes and how you can avoid making them.

Biochar: Facts, Uses & Benefits

Biochar could be one of nature’s best examples of recycling. How else can we explain a natural process that turns waste material into a sustainable soil amendment? It’s a charcoal-like material used in the landscape to amend poor soil, store carbon, and absorb pollutants in contaminated soil.

What’s the Best Lawn Grass for Central NJ and Eastern PA?

tall fescue lawn

For all-round performance, we recommend tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) as the best lawn grass for homeowners in eastern Pennsylvania and central New Jersey. This cool-season lawn grass is quick to establish and easy to grow in our area, and no other lawn grasses for the region can compete with its adaptability and resilience.

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.

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.

Clover in the Lawn – Good or Bad?

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!

What Does “Growing Degree Days” Mean?

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?

When and Why To Prune Fruit Trees in Central NJ/PA

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.

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.

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.

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

remove ash trees in winter to control emerald ash borer

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.

How Mycorrhizal Fungi Help Your Trees

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.

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