Getting Your Lawnmower Ready For Spring!

Get your mower ready for spring sharpen blades

With spring in full-swing around the country, the grass in your yard is going through its annual growth surge, and becoming taller every day. That’s a good sign that you will need to get your lawn mower ready for the season. A ready lawnmower will help you keep up with weekly growth, and make sure your lawn stays neat and trim.

If you already did some of these tasks before putting your lawnmower away last fall, you’re ahead of the game. If not, now’s the time to start preparing for the lawn mowing season. Those who may be considering purchasing a new mower will discover everything you need at Mendham Garden Centers, where we carry the latest line of Toro Mowers and STIHL lawn equipment.

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woman watering indoor plants

How to Move Your Indoor Plants Outside

Are you tired of being kept indoors by cold weather? So are your plants.

As we move from winter into spring, you might want to consider moving your indoor plants outdoors to give them some sunlight and fresh air.

But moving plants outside can be tricky. Exposing them to the elements too quickly can cause your plants to become stressed, which can hurt their growth.

Read this blog post for some advice from a Hunterdon NJ gardeners’ supply store on the best ways to bring indoor plants outside.

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Birds hanging out a feeder in winter

Which Winter Bird Seed Works Best?

Birdwatching is one of life’s simpler pleasures and one that becomes easier to do when you have the right food on hand to attract our feathered friends.

And it doesn’t even have to be warm-weather activity. Even in the dead of winter, you can put out some bird seed and watch birds explore your yard from the comfort of your living room.

Here are a few bird seeds you can find at our Mendham NJ garden center that will bring birds to your backyard this winter.

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Picking Perfect Perennials & Supplies for Your Jersey Garden: A Hunterdon Perspective

Perennial Flower Bed

As we often tell people who visit our Mendham Garden Centers, it’s important to plant perennials in their proper zone.

What grows in, say, Cape May might not do well in Hunterdon, Chester or Mendham. As you move up and down the growing map for New Jersey, you’ll see different microclimates that dictate your garden from year to year.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at that map and how it can determine what will grow – or not grow – in your garden. Continue Reading Picking Perfect Perennials & Supplies for Your Jersey Garden: A Hunterdon Perspective

Home Orcharding in Suburban Somerset New Jersey? Really?

apple trees in a row, before harvest

When you hear the term “orchard,” you might think of acre upon acre of trees laden with fresh, ripe apples or peaches.

But you don’t need a vast expanse of land to grow your own fruit. When you visit our Somerset, NJ garden center, you’ll find heirloom fruits and berries designed for home growing. They come to us courtesy of our suppliers at Hollybrook Orchards, a longtime proponent of home orcharding. Continue Reading Home Orcharding in Suburban Somerset New Jersey? Really?

Cool as a Not A Cucumber: Plant these Nine Fall Veggies

Woman in her autumn garden

Summer may be at an end, but that doesn’t mean the gardening season has to end with it. The ground is still warm, the weather is still mild and there aren’t as many insects to deal with.

Here at our Mendham, NJ gardener’s supply store, we’re getting plenty of questions from customers on how to tackle the autumn growing season.

It’s a good time to prepare for winter and plant spring-blooming bulbs, but there’s also an opportunity for gardeners who want to boost their vegetable crops. Continue Reading Cool as a Not A Cucumber: Plant these Nine Fall Veggies

The Downside: Components of Healthy Topsoil

Someone gardening with topsoil

By, the old guy with a pony tail at Mendham Garden Center

You can call it dirt, soil, root zone or a host of other terms. It’s the downside to the establishment and management of your lawn.

A turf manager once told me, “You can grow grass on a rock, just give it what it needs”. Although this is true, deep healthy topsoil works a whole lot better.

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The Real Devil of Central & North Jersey Gardening: Weather Woes in Mendham

Too hot. Too cold. Too wet. Too dry.

It would be nice to have a summer with 90 days of perfect weather, but that’s not always the reality. More often than not, we spend the warm weather months protecting our plants against droughts or storms.

But it doesn’t have to be a struggle. Here are a few ways you can protect your plants this summer. Continue Reading The Real Devil of Central & North Jersey Gardening: Weather Woes in Mendham

The Grass is Greener on Your Side: Three Steps to a Healthier Lawn

Father and son blowing bubble on the lawn

People have been using some variation of the phrase “the grass is always greener on the other side” for centuries.

Go all the way back to Ancient Rome, and you’d hear people sharing the proverb “the harvest is always fruitful in another man’s field.”

But what if you looked out your window and saw that the grass literally was greener on the other side of the street? Maybe it’s not a matter of perspective. Maybe it’s that your neighbor knows the secret to keeping their grass looking its best.   When customers visit Mendham Garden Center looking for lawn mowers or landscaping supplies we often get some version of the grass is greener question.

So here are three practices that can promote a healthier, happier lawn.

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Summer Gardening New Jersey; Tips on Pruning, Watering, Weeds and Bugs (2 min read)

Summer Garden

You’ve been busy all spring trying to get your garden ready for the growing season. Spring is winding down, and summer is almost here. Its time ot switch focus. New Jersey isn’t called the Garden State for nothing. With a little attention, your garden can produce delightful flowers and and veggies all summer long. Here are some tips to manage the heat, weeds and pests during summer months.

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