1. Drought Alert! Act Now To Save Your Trees.

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    Drought Alert! Act Now To Save Your Trees.
    Have you noticed that your trees are turning color prematurely? Dying trees are a direct reflection of the current drought. Our ArborPlex Fertilization programs are designed to encourage and reestablish fibrous root growth. Call now and one of our arborists will be out to immediately to assess the health of your trees and provide recommendations.
  2. How did your lawn look this year?

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    Right now is the most important time for lawn care.

    As the summer ends and before the soil freezes, is the best time to prepare your lawn to be dormant for months and come back greener than ever in the spring. Plant Solutions has lawn experts and customized equipment ready for your lawn.

    Summer

    Controlling grubs: Attack grubs and keep them from destroying your lovely lawn with a grub-control product that continues to work throughout the season. Apply your grub control in early June.

    Mowing: Watch how your lawn grows. During hot, dry periods, it may only need mowing once every two or three weeks (when the grass grows about 3 inches tall). During cooler, moister periods, it may need mowing twice a week.

    Watering: It’s fine to let your grass go dormant during drought. It’ll turn brown, but it’ll stay alive and then will go green and start growing when the rains come again. If you don’t want a brown summer lawn, select drought-tolerant types such as buffalo grass or plan on giving your lawn about 1 inch of water a week.

    Fall

    Fertilizing: If you only fertilize your lawn once a year, fall’s the time to do it. In fact, your lawn could take a light application of fertilizer in early fall and again in late fall.

    Mowing: As temperatures cool, your lawn will start growing faster: You’ll likely need to mow regularly through the end of the season.

    Cleaning up: For a healthy lawn, it’s a good idea to clean up fallen leaves. If you don’t want to rake up leaves, do several passes over your lawn with a mulching mower. You’ll chop up the leaves into fine pieces so they decompose and add to your soil’s structure. It’s easier and also better for the health of your lawn!

    Overseeding: Most grasses in this region grow and take best in cool temperatures, making autumn the ideal time to overseed. Give your new grass about a month before your first average frost date so it can get established.

  3. How to avoid sudden limb drop.

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    It is called sudden limb failure or sudden limb drop, and it can be very dangerous and expensive.

    Branches that suddenly fall can cause injuries and damage property.

    The hot summer combined with lower than average rain fall can weaken your trees. Branches on weekend trees can fall without warning anytime of the year but are all the more dangerous during winter storms.

    Late summer is the best time to have tree experts inspect your trees and clean up any dying branches.

    Don’t wait call today, Once the leaves fall it will be much harder to tell the damaged branches from healthy ones.

    Contact an arborist at Plant Solutions today to schedule an inspection.

  4. Want a Green Lawn Late Into The Fall?

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    • With the first freeze, a warm-season lawn begins to change from green to brown. This period of dormancy is part of the natural life cycle of turf grass. If you find an amber field undesirable, there’s a choice. Fall is a great time to overseed your dormant lawn with a cool-season grass to maintain a green appearance.
    • Overseed with annual or perennial ryegrass or blends of cool-season grasses. Bermuda grass tolerates overseeding better than Zoysia, centipede or St. Augustine. Time the overseeding two to four weeks before the first killing frost. Annual ryegrass is popular because of its quick rate of germination. Perennial ryegrass is more tolerant of cold, disease and drought.

    Contact Plant Solutions to come up with a plan for your property.

  5. Watch for Gypsy Moth Defoliation

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    Gypsy Moth Month

    Gypsy moth defoliation was high this year in Sussex and Morris counties. The caterpillars of the gypsy moth defoliate trees and shrubs to the point it can look like winter in the middle of July. It prefers oaks, including the New Jersey state tree, the northern red oak.

    If you suspect you have Gypsy Moths Caterpillars or Gypsy Mothsplease contact us right away to stop them from spreading. 908-548-0716

  6. Why You Should Hire Plant Solutions

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    We are Certified Arborists

    Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees, and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

    An arborist by definition is an individual who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. ISA arborist certification is a nongovernmental, voluntary process by which individuals can document their base of knowledge. Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care.

    Services that Plant Solutions can provide

    • Pruning. An arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees.
    • Tree Removal. Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. An arborist can help decide whether a tree should be removed.
    • Emergency Tree Care. An arborist can assist in performing emergency tree care in a safe manner, while reducing further risk of damage to property.
    • Planting. Some arborists plant trees, and most can recommend species that are appropriate for a particular location.
    • Plant Health Care. Preventive maintenance helps keep trees in good health while reducing any insect, disease, or site problems.
    • Many other services. Consulting services, tree risk assessment, cabling and bracing trees, etc.
  7. Take Care Of Your Trees To Lower Your Energy Bill

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    Contact Plant Solutions

    We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly. Call us at (888) 742-8733 or email info@plantsolutionsnj.com

  8. Now Is The Time To Plan Your Fall Lawn Care

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    Fall Lawn Care

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    The middle of the summer may seem to be a strange time to discuss what needs to be done in the fall, but there are some things that should be done now to prepare for the cooler weather tasks.

    In a few short weeks schools will be open, nights will be getting cool and your lawn will be preparing to go dormant for the winter.

    Contact Plant Solutions

    We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly. Call us at (888) 742-8733 or email info@plantsolutionsnj.com

  9. Climate Change = Super Poison Ivy!

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    Climate change isn’t just increasing outdoor temperatures and warming up the oceans. It may also greatly increase your chances of getting a really bad case of poison ivy.

    As the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, it’s boosting the growth of poison ivy plants, two recent studies show. These elevated carbon dioxide levels are creating bigger, stronger poison ivy plants that produce more urushiol, the oil that causes the allergic reaction and miserable poison ivy rash. The urushiol isn’t just more plentiful; it might also be more potent.

    Plant Solutions can help to kill any poison ivy on your property and help to reduce the the chances of getting bitten by a tick.

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  10. 9 things every pet owner should know about TICKS!

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    Here are some more tips for making sure dogs are protected:

    1. Talk with your family veterinarian about vaccinating your pet against Lyme disease.
    2. Talk with your veterinarian about the best way to prevent fleas and ticks from latching on to your pet.
    3. Your veterinarian may suggest an oral medication so that your pet is simply given a pill once a month. Or the vet may encourage spot-on medications, medicated shampoos, powders or tick collars.
    4. Consider having your yard and home treated for ticks.
    5. Inspect your dogs for ticks if they have been outside near wooded areas.
    6. If you find a tick, take tweezers and remove the tick as close to the body of the pet as possible, trying to get the head of the tick out.
    7. Watch your pet carefully over time and look out for any changes in behavior.
    8. If your pet is not acting right, take him or her to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
    9. After your dogs come in from outside check them carefully for ticks

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