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Visit Your NJ Garden Center to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

NJ garden centerAh, the Japanese beetle. Nasty little buggers, aren’t they?

If you grew up in the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic or just about anywhere along the East Coast of the United States, you probably still have early-summer memories of capturing dozens of the copper-and-green bugs in your backyard with slippery Japanese beetle traps. As an adult with a yard full of lovely foliage, though, or perhaps a backyard garden or a rose bush, these miniature Asian invaders aren’t quite as much fun.

Where Do Japanese Beetles Come From?

The bugs are believed to have first escaped Japan and entered the U.S. in 1916. It’s thought that they stowed away in a shipment of Japanese flowers.

Because of natural predators that are still present in Japan, the beetles aren’t much of a problem there. Yet here in the West, it’s a much different story: Once the clear and warm weather of June or early July approaches, Japanese beetles gather in clusters to feed on your lawn, your leaves, and even plant species ranging from hibiscus and raspberries to sassafras and peaches.

If you don’t manage to get their population under control as early in the season as possible, it won’t be long before your beloved garden will be literally straining under the weight of these pests, which are capable of eating their way through shrubbery in an incredibly brief amount of time.

But what are the best ways to accomplish the goal of reining them in?

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Crabgrass Control Starts in Spring

Crabgrass Control SpreaderAs 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

5 Quick Tips To Prepare Your NJ Garden For Spring

garden supply store and garden center tipsIt’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

Basic Backyard Bird Feeding

Gardeners Supply- Bird SeedBird 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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Seed, Fertilizer and Lime

Garden Centers Mendham NJ 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

Welcome to the All-New Mendham Garden Centers’ Website!

GardenMendham 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.

Product Listings

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!

End of Summer Landscape Care

Landscape - Mendham Garden CenterThe heat of summer should be leaving us very soon. There is plenty of moisture to rejuvenate our lawns and gardens.

Lawns

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