Lawn, Tree & Landscape Tips for Central NJ & Eastern PA
OPC earned Accreditation from the Tree Care Industry Association, making us one of only 8 companies in New Jersey to meet the stringent criteria for professionalism, employee training, state and federal safety regulations, business ethics and consumer satisfaction.
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 …
We’re often asked if deer repellent spray is a good way to stop deer from eating plants and shrubs, particularly during the tough winter months when it seems like deer will eat anything they can reach. Here’s the straight answer and our application advice.
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.
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.
We have received several questions this summer about mushrooms growing in your lawns. If you’ve noticed any it’s probably a fairy ring. But what causes these strange rings, and what can you do if you spot mushrooms in your own lawn?
There are several available EAB treatment options but they vary immensely in terms of effectiveness, safety and environmental impact. Learn about the available options and why we only recommend trunk injection with TreeAzin to treat emerald ash borer.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.