Category Archives: Spring

5 Ways to Prepare Your Garden This Spring

Spring is finally here, and if you’re like us, your thoughts have turned to your garden.

Maybe you already know what you want to grow, and spending your days dreaming of all the different flowers, shrubs and trees you’ll plant this year.

Or maybe you’re worried that your garden just isn’t ready. It’s been sitting idle all winter, and you’re just not sure it’s ready for planting.

If you fall into the latter category, don’t fret. You can have your garden ready for the spring planting season with these garden preparation steps.

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Year-Long Care for Fruit Trees

Apple Tree at our Nursery in NJ

It’s a nice image: You want some fresh fruit with your breakfast, so you step out into your backyard, stand under a tree, and pick a few peaches.

That’s the dream, anyway. The reality is that fruit trees, like anything you grow, require a lot of care. Here’s a few tips on how to manage that so you can enjoy the taste of fresh-grown fruit without visiting a grocery store.

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Gardening Gifts for Mom

Mother's Day Gardening Gifts

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and you’re probably thinking about what to get mom.

You can always go with one of the popular standbys: a meal at her favorite restaurant, some jewelry, or fresh-cut flowers.

But what about the moms who grow their own flowers? Or who would rather eat a salad from their own garden than one at the Olive Garden? A trip to your friendly New Jersey gardening supply store might be the answer. Read on to explore our list of gardening gifts for mom:

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Why Is It Important to Mulch Plant Beds?

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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.

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Pollinators: Birds, Bees and Beneficial Insects

butterfly & bee pollenators in New Jersey gardenIt’s time for a lesson about the birds and the bees.

No, we’re not talking about seventh grade health class. This lesson is in the birds, bees and other beneficial insects that flock to your garden in New Jersey every year.

And since National Pollinator Week is coming up – June 20-26 – we thought we’d talk about why some of the creatures in your garden are important.

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Mendham Garden Center Featured on DailyRecord.com

Our Chester location was recently featured in the Sunday Best section of DailyRecord.com. Read the article below to learn more about how our garden center team encouraged Chester residents to grow a victory garden in their local area, with the assistance of the kids at Dickerson Elementary School. Download the article here, or click below:

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4 Ways to Make a Real Difference on Earth Day

Plant a fruit treeBe honest: When was the last time you took part in an Earth Day activity that made a real, lasting impact on the health of our planet? For most of us, it was back in high school, or maybe during college, if we were the ecologically-conscious type.

But now we’re busy adults. And won’t there will always be someone else willing to plant trees on Earth Day, or pick up garbage from the side of the road?

Well, maybe. But maybe not. And the state of the environment is getting worse—not better.

The atmosphere today holds more carbon dioxide than at any other time in the past 800,000 years, and that 25 percent of that carbon dioxide is produced in the United States. Did you know that the negative effects of climate change cost our country an estimated $100 billion each year?

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8 Tips For Organic Turf Care

beautiful landscapingIt’s the classic homeowner’s dream: to stand at your doorstep and look out over a lush, green lawn.

You want your lawn to look its best, but maybe you’re also not a fan of using unnatural – or even harmful – chemicals to get the job done. Don’t fret: there are steps you can take to make sure your grass stays green without resorting to inorganic methods.

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Tips For Planning Your Spring Garden

NJ Garden CenterSpring is coming. Days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and soon green things will be sprouting in your yard.

Now is the time to start thinking about what you’ll be growing this year, which is why we want to offer these tips for planning your spring garden. Continue Reading Tips For Planning Your Spring Garden

Checking the Health of Stored Plant Bulbs

Anybody with a green thumb can tell you the many great reasons for storing plant bulbs PlantBulbsbetween seasons. This is especially important for dahlias and gladiolas.

If you dig up your bulbs, rather than leaving them in the earth for the winter months, it’s essential to check the health of stored bulbs to avoid moisture, mold, mildew and other threats. Time spent inspecting your stored plant bulbs can save you hours of frustration later. Use these tips from our NJ garden center to help you root out rotting bulbs.

Leave them unchecked, and you risk starting the spring planting season with nothing but bad bulbs, as infection on one bulb can quickly spread to others.

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