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Premium Garden Center experience in Morris, New Jersey!

Garden Center in Morris, New Jersey Has Everything For the Homestead

Garden enthusiasts in Morris, New Jersey are in luck. Our family-owned, community-oriented, premium garden center is located right in your home township. Whether you run a full-blown farm, a micro-homestead, or simply enjoy the benefits of a well-landscaped yard, our garden center in Morris, New Jersey has everything you need.

Unlike corporate “Big Box” stores, our family-owned and operated garden centers take a personalized approach with our products and customer service. We love getting to know our customers. And, after 60+ years in business, we now take pride in serving our original customers’ children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as they continue the tradition of gardening, growing, enjoying nature, and making our world a more beautiful place. Continue Reading Premium Garden Center experience in Morris, New Jersey!

Have you picked up your holiday greens yet? Come visit your local garden center in New Jersey!

The smell of freshly cut greens is one of our favorite holiday traditions. From wreaths and garlands to seasonal floral arrangements and mantel-toppers, the team at Mendham Garden Center in New Jersey has plenty of greens and ideas galore to get your home, farm, and business decked out for the holidays.

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No matter the season, you need a trusted garden supply in New Jersey.

Think your garden goes to sleep during late fall and winter months? Think again. You’d be amazed at all of the nourishing, living, and preparing-to-grow taking place below the soil’s surface when everything above appears in hibernation.

That’s why it’s essential to source your favorite garden supply in New Jersey before winter sets in. The quiter aspects of garden maintenance this season allows time to plan for next year. You can get the books and supplies necessary to begin envisioning the flower beds and gardens you anticipate planing in spring and summer.

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Everyone needs a favorite Garden Center in New Jersey!

There are a few good reasons why every home (or homestead!) owner needs a favorite garden center in New Jersey. By and large, it’s just nice to have a familiar place to go, where you know your way around, and where you enjoy professional farm/garden services and camaraderie from a team of people who feel like friends.

The added benefit of regional garden expertise also means you’ll walk out the door with exactly what you need the first time around, minimizing the hassle of ineffective products or the need to add “returns/replacements” to an already overflowing list-of-things-to-do.

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Spotted Lanternfly in New Jersey: What you need to know

Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly originally came to the U.S. from their native China, although it is not known exactly how they accomplished this. In any case, they first appeared in Pennsylvania in the year 2014, and have since made their way to six other states, including New York and New Jersey. They are considered to be a serious pest, because they feed on the sap of trees, often weakening them, and in some cases causing them to die completely.

There is cause for concern now that the spotted lanternfly has become established in this country because after being introduced in Korea in 2006, the spotted lanternfly became an extremely invasive species which caused extensive damage in that country. They can impact a number of cash crops, such as fruit orchards, grape vineyards, and nut trees, so they can potentially cause damage which could soar into the billions of dollars.

The information below will help you to identify the spotted lanternfly, so you can take the proper steps to eliminate them from your area, and protect your trees and vegetables from them.

What SLF damage looks like

Spotted lantern Damage

Here are some of the most common results which are easily observable after spotted lanternflies have been feeding on your trees or other plants:

  • leaves wilting or curling up
  • sap spilling out of wounds made in the tree
  • individual branches dying off
  • the unusual presence of ants or wasps around your tree, which are attracted by the honeydew excreted by the spotted lanternflies
  • growth of a sooty, mold fungus on tree trunks and branches, which is encouraged by the presence of the excreted honeydew

How to identify the spotted lanternfly

Spotted Lanternfly Stages

Credit: PSU.edu

It’s fairly easy to identify the spotted lanternfly, as it goes through some distinctive changes in accordance with seasonal changes. In the springtime, these pests will appear all black in color, with white spots on their exterior. As spring gives way to summer, their color modifies into a bright red with black stripes and white spots. By the time autumn rolls around, the spotted lanternfly will have evolved into a mature, flying insect equipped with brown wings and black dots, one set of bright red wings having black dots, and a body which is striped in yellow and black.

You may also notice the eggs of the spotted lanternfly appearing on your tree trunks, on lawn furniture, or on patio tiles and other hard surfaces. The eggs themselves are coated with a protective covering by the flies, and this coating has the appearance of a blob of white-brown mud. Soon after they hatch, these insects will use their piercing and sucking mechanisms to begin extracting sap and nutrients from the trees where they hatched from.

Which trees are affected by spotted lanternflies

The tree which is most preferred by the spotted lanternfly is known as the tree-of-heaven, which is a species native to China and Taiwan. The tree has also established a presence in Europe and North America and is considered to be an invasive species and a highly undesirable weed. Part of its negative reputation stems from the fact that it is capable of replicating itself extremely rapidly, and can quickly take over an environment once it establishes a foothold.

All other trees which are impacted by the spotted lanternfly are deciduous in nature, and they include apple trees, oaks, maples, nut trees, and willows. Since all of these trees are highly esteemed, the presence of the spotted lanternfly is never appreciated by tree owners, and immediate steps are generally taken to eradicate the spotted lanternfly when their presence is detected. The pest will also victimize a number of different vegetables, herbs, and vines, as long as they can provide the sap it needs for feeding.

How to eliminate spotted lanternflies

First of all, if you happen to have a tree-of-heaven in your yard, it would be wise to remove it completely, because it will serve as a powerful attractor to these insects. You should be on the lookout for clusters of their eggs, and these should be destroyed when you find them, so they don’t have a chance to hatch.

As soon as you spot an infestation of the spotted lanternfly in your yard, you should contact the Department of Agriculture (DOA) in New Jersey to let them know. They will send a representative to investigate, and if the infestation is confirmed, they will take all steps necessary to remove the insects and any eggs which may be present.

Generally, the New Jersey DOA will require some kind of information or documentation which makes it likely that these flies are present. A quick phone call to New Jersey’s Department of Agriculture will tell you what kind of information they require so that a trip to your house isn’t wasted.

Another common and safe alternative to killing the spotted lanternfly is to mix water with common house-hold dawn dish soap. Spraying this solution will kill the lanternflies and won’t damage your plants or harm domesticated animals. Using dish soap and water is one of the safest and most effective ways to combat spotted lanternflies in their various stages.

Tree Band Spotted Lanternfly

Image Credit: psu.edu

Another commonly used tactic to rid your trees of spotted lanternflies is to use fly-tape.  Fly-tape is a sticky tape commonly used to trap and kill house-flies.  Should you decide to use this method of spotted lanternfly control, know that the spotted lanternfly is not the only insect or animal that can get caught in the sticky fly-tape. Fly-tape can be detrimental to birds and other essential insects in our ecosystem.  Importantly, you must fence off and protect the section of the tree that the tape is applied.

If you have any more questions on how to deal with these invasive pests, please contact us today! Our experienced staff is happy to assist you.

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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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

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 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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