As many a homeowner knows, crabgrass is an ugly and tedious lawn weed that grows in a prostrate fashion close to the ground, stemming out like the legs of a crab. It grows in clumps, becomes very thick and patchy, and tends to choke out the more desirable grasses surrounding it.
Crabgrass grows briskly and thrives in hot weather. It usually starts to grow in early spring when the soil temperature reaches 55-60 degrees, and remains that temperature for about a week or more. The grass particularly likes hot, dry areas and tends to grow in bare spots of soil where it may get more sunlight. It is also common by windows where the sun reflects onto the ground, heating it. It dies out in late summer, germinates, and then spreads its seed in the fall. Of course the best way to prevent this lawn weed is to have a thickly grown, healthy lawn. However if crabgrass has already encroached, there are some other options. Continue Reading Crabgrass Control Starts in Spring
It’s that time of year again, time to visit your garden supply store and get everything you need to prepare your garden for spring. Preparing now will save you time and frustration when all you want to do is spend time planting and tending to your nursery. Here’s what you need to do to prep your NJ garden for spring:
1. Clean your garden
Reorganizing your kitchen cabinets should not be the only thing on your spring cleaning to-do list. When was the last time you did a sweep of your nursery? Get rid of any plant debris. Be on the lookout for hibernating bugs—they like to hide out by the crowns of your perennial plants. Clean all of your gardening tools. See which ones need to be replaced and stop by your garden supply store for new ones.
Also, wash any pots you have in your garden, and make sure you get in all of the crevices. Pests and disease can remain in these small spaces and kill young plants. Check your landscape supply store for products that can help you clean every corner of your NJ garden. Continue Reading 5 Quick Tips To Prepare Your NJ Garden For Spring