Want to understand what it takes to develop a lush green lawn?
You first need to understand the growing habits of cool-season turf grass, which is the predominant type of grass that you’ll find growing in New Jersey. Continue Reading Developing an Effective Fertilizer Program
It’s winter, and while the rest of the world seems to be hibernating, you’re taking a page from that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song: you’ve got to get yourself back to the garden.
The ground outside may be frozen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t focus on your garden. There are things you can grow, and springtime preparations to make. Here are a few things you can do with your garden this winter. Continue Reading What Do I Do with My Garden in Winter?
When you say the words “rock salt,” New Jersey dog lovers will likely think about their pooches’ paws.
That’s because while dogs love to scamper through the snow, they might not enjoy the walk home, as the rock salt and ice melt that we spread in the wake of winter storms can be harmful to our four-legged family members.
Continue Reading Protect Your Dog with Pet-Friendly Ice Melts
We’ll be the first to admit that there’s nothing new about the concept of living an all-organic, eco-friendly lifestyle.
Eating organic fruits and veg, or washing your dishes and laundering your clothes with ecologically responsible soaps. But have you ever given serious thought to the idea of going organic in your own front lawn?
Our New Jersey landscape supply company, with three locations in the Garden State, has supplies ranging from lawn food to weed killer that will make your switch to organic lawn care a simple and stress-free process.
Continue Reading Benefits of Organic Lawn Care in New Jersey
If you’re an amateur gardener, you’re surely familiar with just how relaxing and even therapeutic the hobby can be. There’s really nothing that compares to working with the soil, getting your hands dirty, and eventually being able to experience and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Then again, gardening is not without its occasional frustrations. Unwanted weeds can strangle your plants and crops. Water can evaporate or freeze during inclement weather, leading to less than vibrant results. Nature, in other words, can sometimes choose to give your garden a rather hard time.
Continue Reading Why Is It Important to Mulch Plant Beds?
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
Bird feeding has become a year round hobby for many people. We have found that using a good quality bird seed allows our customers to see and feed more beautiful birds and puts less waste on the ground. Here are some suggestions on basic backyard bird feeding we learned from Bird Watcher’s and Rutgers’ Cook College Research and Extension.
Create a habitat for bird feeding sections: Birds have three basic needs. They are shelter, food and water. Providing those needs in your backyard will increase a bird’s habitat. Thus, you will bring various bird species to your area. Creating a bird habitat will help you learn to care for them, forming a bond between you and your new friends.
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We have now approached one of our favorite seasons here at Mendham Garden Center…fall. The lawns have had a lot of moisture this summer, which as we know depletes the nitrogen from the soil. So, yes, it is a good time to fertilize again.
Having the proper pH is essential to the way turf absorbs nutrients. Which means this is also a good time to do a pH test, which we do free of charge at our garden centers. If pH is below 6.8 you need to lime. Remember that one bag of lime covers approximately 800 square feet (That would mean approximately 50 40-lb bags per acre). We also do free in-store pH soil testing at our garden centers.
Aerate & fertilize your soil
As summer progressed we had a lot of rain which may have brought on diseases in your lawn. Your lawn may need to be reseeded in those areas, as well as thin or sparse area. As we get more into fall we have warm days and cool nights which help the seed germinate. When seeding or reseeding remember the seeds need to make contact with the soil, it also needs warmth and moisture. Continue Reading Seed, Fertilizer and Lime
Mendham Garden Center has been proud to serve Central Jersey garden enthusiasts since 1960, and our “youngest” store, in Annandale between Clinton and Flemington, is celebrating its 25th year helping customers with their home and garden needs.
The new website is designed to help consumers before they even walk through the door. Our experienced staff works with customers to figure out which perennials make sense for their garden, or what steps they need to take to make sure their lawn is ready for the winter. However, we know that many people may be pinched for time, so we have brought many of these same resources online for your needs.
While we carry a number of products from bird feed and hardscaping materials to split rail fencing for area farms, keep in mind that our inventory at each of our three Central Jersey garden center locations offers a number of options for your needs. In general, however, you can find the following products: Continue Reading Welcome to the All-New Mendham Garden Centers’ Website!
The heat of summer should be leaving us very soon. There is plenty of moisture to rejuvenate our lawns and gardens.
Due to a very wet spring followed by the summer heat, you could be seeing browning spots or large dead areas in your lawn. How to best rejuvenate your lawn. First, we need to start with the soil. A soil analysis of your lawn will guide us in using the right products, not guessing. To get a lab analysis of your soil, pick up a soil sample bag and our garden center will send out the sample to be analyzed. We will do a free pH test in store if that is all you choose to do. Good soil is the essential beginning to a healthy lawn. We can address your specific needs based on the result of this testing.
Keeping a strong and healthy turf helps eliminate the need for weed controls. Typically this time of year most people are deciding on doing one or two applications of fertilizer for the fall. Two applications is the best plan, and the first step is usually a high first number Continue Reading End of Summer Landscape Care